Pittsburgh Pirates look to get back on track against Oakland Athletics

As the Pirates continue to scuffle heading into May, they'll look to find some momentum this weekend against Oakland.
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MONDAY (9:40 p.m. EDT): Bailey Falter (LHP) vs Joe Boyle (RHP)

After a rough start to the season against Miami, Bailey Falter has rebounded well in his last four starts, allowing just a combined four runs in 23 innings pitched, dropping his ERA to 3.33 on the season. Falter has limited the walks with just seven so far this season while striking out 18.

Falter's season stats: 2-1, 3.33 ERA, 27.0 IP, 17 H, 7 BB, 18 SO, 0.889 WHIP, 125 ERA+

Boyle this season has posted a 7.06 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched, allowing 17 earned runs (18 total) on 23 hits and 16 walks while striking out 24. Notably, the long ball has not been Boyle's issue this season, allowing just two on the season.

Boyle's season stats: 1-4, 7.06 ERA, 21.2 IP, 23 H, 16 BB, 24 SO, 1.800 WHIP, 54 ERA+

TUESDAY (9:40 p.m. EST): Mitch Keller (RHP) vs Alex Wood (RHP)

Mitch Keller's first month of regular season baseball following his extension this spring has not been kind. He'll enter Tuesday's start with a 5.14 ERA across six starts, allowing 20 earned runs (22 total) in 35 innings of work, allowing 39 hits and 13 walks in the process. Notably while his ERA is an ugly 5.14, his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is a much lower and easier to swallow, 4.12, much more aligned with his career averages.

Keller's season stats: 2-2, 5.14 ERA, 35.0 IP, 39 H, 13 BB, 32 K, 1.486 WHIP, 81+ ERA

Wood like Keller has struggled through his first six tarts, allowing 20 earned runs in 27.1 innings pitched but his last start against New York was a step in the right direction, going five and two-thirds, allowing one earned run while stranding 10 base runners.

Wood's season stats: 1-2, 6.59 ERA, 27.1 IP, 41 H, 13 BB, 25 SO, 1.976 WHIP, 57 ERA+

WEDNESDAY (3:37 p.m. EST): Quinn Priester (RHP) vs Ross Stripling (RHP)

After struggling in his first start of the season against Boston, Quinn Priester was much better this past weekend against San Francisco, pitching six shutout innings allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six. He'll look to continue to build upon that momentum

Priester's season stats: 0-1, 3.48 ERA, 10.1 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.161 WHIP, 123 ERA+

Stripling will enter his seventh start of the season on Wednesday, sporting a 4.98 ERA across 34.1 innings pitched, allowing 19 earned runs and 25 total. Strippling has been getting hit around a bit this season with 43 hits allowed in his time on the mound but has kept the walks low with just eight in his six games. Notably, his FIP is just 3.56, a stark difference from his 4.98 ERA.

Strippling's season stats: 0-5, 4.98 ERA, 34.1 IP, 43 H, 8 BB, 25 SO, 1.458 WHIP, 76 ERA+