Musgrove was sent from the Pirates to the Padres as part of a three-team deal which sent Joey Lucchesi to the Mets and a package of prospects to the Pirates, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The Padres evidently believe there's no such thing as too much pitching, as they've now added Musgrove, Blake Snell and Yu Darvish all in the same offseason. Musgrove may not be quite at the level of that pair, but he's coming off a strong season which saw him strike out 33.1 percent of opposing batters, smashing his previous career high of 21.9 percent, en route to a 3.86 ERA. He should see far more chances for wins for the rapidly improving Padres than he would have seen in Pittsburgh.
Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $4.45 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The Pirates' potential Opening Day starter heading into his age-28 season, Musgrove logged a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:16 K:BB in 39.2 innings last season. His strikeout rate jumped from 21.9 percent in 2019 to 33.1 percent in 2020, and if those gains hold even a little, he could be in for a career year.
Musgrove (1-5) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in Saturday's win over Cleveland. Musgrove was able to avoid a goose egg in the win column for 2020, turning in a spectacular final start of the season and retiring the last 13 batters he faced. He ended the season with a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:16 K:BB.
Musgrove tossed six scoreless innings in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 11. He did not factor in the decision. The outing was by far Musgrove's best of the season. His 11 strikeouts brought his K:BB to 45:15 and the six scoreless frames lowered his ERA to 4.68 on the campaign. He was in line to pick up his first win when he exited with the Pirates leading 1-0 but had to settle for a no-decision after Yadier Molina's homer off Derek Holland gave St. Louis the lead. The 27-year-old will have one more chance to get a victory when he toes the rubber Saturday in Cleveland.
Musgrove (0-5) took the loss Tuesday in Cincinnati after allowing four runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over five innings. The 27-year-old ran into most of his trouble during the first inning as he loaded the bases before recording an out, and the Reds pushed across three runs via a hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly and a single. Musgrove has a 5.74 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 34:14 K:BB across 26.2 innings and is on track to face the Cardinals on Sunday.