Stratton agreed to a one-year contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Stratton logged a 3.90 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 39:13 K:BB in 30 innings (27 appearances) out of the bullpen last year. He wouldn't be in the late-inning mix on most teams, but the Pirates lack stability near the back of the bullpen, so Stratton could be a source of holds and the occassional save this year.
Stratton (2-1) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one across 1.2 innings as he took the loss Friday against the Indians. The Pirates tried bargaining for a six-out save from Stratton and came up just short. The 30-year-old pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning but could not replicate his success in the ninth. He started off by walking Tyler Naquin, who quickly scored from first on a double by Jordan Luplow to cut the Pirates' 3-1 lead in half. Luplow would then come around to tie the game at three apiece after Delino DeShields singled him home. Stratton was able to record two outs but could not get the game into extras as Cesar Hernandez pulled a fastball down the right-field line to score DeShields from first to walk it off for the Indians. Despite the rough outing, Stratton still has a 3.90 ERA and 39:13 K:BB across 30 innings this season.
Stratton allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk in 1.2 innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Royals. He struck out three batters. For just the second time in his last 12 outings, Stratton gave up an earned run. The right-hander offers top 10 fastball spin rate (2614 RPM). Aside from one disastrous outing (four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning on Aug. 14), he's limited opponents to five runs in 22 innings over 19 games. The 29-year-old has demonstrated consistency in 2020 and could move into more high-leverage situations next season.
Stratton (side) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Stratton was placed on the IL at the end of August with right side inflammation, but he's been given the green light to return to the team for the final few weeks of the regular season. He owns a 5.55 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with a 65:30 K:BB over 71.1 innings this season with the Pirates.
Stratton was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to right side inflammation, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Stratton last pitched Monday against the Phillies, though it's unclear if he picked up the injury during his last appearance. A timetable for his return has yet to be revealed.
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