Stratton (2-1) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one across a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win Sunday against the Reds. Stratton entered the game in the eighth inning, and he allowed both a walk and a double in a scoreless game to get into a jam. However, he induced a strikeout and flyout to escape the inning. It was only Stratton's fourth scoreless appearance in his last seven outings, and he has not earned a save since April 22. For the campaign, Stratton owns a 5.40 ERA with a 14:5 K:BB across 13.1 innings.
Stratton (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits during the ninth inning of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Brewers. He didn't record a walk or strikeout. After getting the first batter he faced to lineout, Stratton allowed four consecutive singles -- including a go-ahead, two-run single by Andrew McCutchen -- to blow his first save of the season. This is a tough blow for the veteran, who is currently competing for late-inning, high-leverage situations with fellow reliever David Bednar.
Stratton allowed two hits during a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Friday's 4-2 win over the Cubs. He had one strikeout and zero walks. Stratton earned his first save of the season in Thursday's series opener and returned to the mound for save No. 2 on Friday. The right-hander is the first Pittsburgh reliever with multiple saves this year, as fellow late-inning option David Bednar worked in a setup role the past two days. Stratton has given up two runs on six hits with a 5:0 K:BB through 5.1 innings and should continue to see at least semi-regular save chances.
Stratton picked up a save against the Cubs on Thursday, striking out one in a perfect inning of work. Stratton was summoned in the ninth inning with the Pirates nursing a one-run lead, and he had no trouble closing out the win, retiring the Cubs in order on 11 pitches. Pittsburgh indicated prior to the season that Stratton and David Bednar would split closing duties, and that appears to be playing out thus far, as each reliever -- in addition to Wil Crowe -- has picked up one save. The Pirates aren't likely to produce a substantial number of save opportunities, so a split closer situation isn't ideal from a fantasy perspective.
Pittsburgh plans to split the closer's role between Stratton and David Bednar to begin the season, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Stratton picked up eight saves and had a 3.63 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 86:33 K:BB across 79.1 innings last season, and he split save chances with Bednar after Richard Rodriguez was traded to Atlanta. Manager Derek Shelton will employ a similar strategy to begin 2022, with both pitchers being utilized as the closer and setup man depending on the night.
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