Musgrove surrendered five runs on eight hits while striking out four across six innings Monday against Kansas City. He didn't factor into the decision. Musgrove gave up a run in the third inning and fell apart in the fifth when he allowed a four-run frame. The 25-year-old is off to an inconsistent start to September, surrendering 11 runs while fanning 20 through 18.1 innings. He'll carry a 4.06 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 115.1 innings heading into his next outing Sunday at home against Milwaukee.
Musgrove (6-9) struck out eight and walked two in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday, allowing four runs on four hits in six innings. Musgrove pitched decently but was outmatched by Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas, who shut down the Pirates through seven innings. In 18 starts this season Musgrove has proven to be rather hit-or-miss, as he's amassed 10 quality starts but has gone 0-6 with a 7.29 ERA in the other eight starts. He now carries a 3.87 ERA and a 96:23 K:BB in 109.1 innings on the year and will take on the Royals at home in his next start.
Musgrove (6-8) earned the win against the Reds on Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Musgrove was cruising until the seventh inning when he gave up a solo home run to Scooter Gennett, then hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch with the bases loaded, spelling an end to his evening. The 25-year-old rebounded from back-to-back poor outings, and now has a 3.75 ERA and 1.18 ERA over 103.1 innings. Musgrove currently lines up to start Monday at St. Louis.
Musgrove (5-8) pitched six innings and took the loss Thursday, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the 5-0 loss to the Cardinals. He struck out seven and yielded two home runs. Things were going smooth for Musgrove until the third inning when he allowed back-to-back homers to Harrison Bader and John Gant, the Cardinals' eighth and ninth batters in the lineup. Even with the poor outing, the 25-year-old is sporting a respectable 3.80 ERA and 80:21 K:BB in 2018. Musgrove will take the mound again Tuesday against the Reds.
Musgrove didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Brewers, giving up four runs on six hits over four innings while striking out four. Milwaukee did all their damage against the right-hander in the first inning, as he yielded two-run homers to Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas, but despite his recovery over the next three frames, Musgrove still got the early hook after only 61 pitches (42 strikes) when Pittsburgh needed a pinch hitter with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth. It was his shortest outing since June 23, so expect Musgrove to provide a little more length when he next takes the mound Thursday in St. Louis.