Pivetta (7-14) took the loss Wednesday, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings against the Rockies. It was a rocky outing all the way for Pivetta, but he was done in by a poor fifth inning with a couple of walks, a double and a home run. The 25-year-old had a strong couple of months to start the season and seemed to turn a corner of late with three or fewer runs allowed in five straight outings entering Wednesday, but he'll now wrap up his sophomore campaign with a 4.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
Pivetta allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday, striking out four and walking one in five innings. Pivetta pitched well in Friday's outing, giving up no extra-base hits while throwing 55 of 87 pitches for strikes, but the offense didn't give him much support to put him in line for a win. Pivetta has gone eight starts since his last win and has thrown only nine quality starts in 31 games started this season. Although his 4.58 ERA is rather high, the young righty's 1.29 WHIP is respectable and his 185 strikeouts are good for eighth in the NL. He's slated to take on the Rockies in Denver in his next start.
Pivetta (7-13) allowed three runs on four hits and one walk across five innings to take the loss Sunday against he Marlins. He struck out eight. Pivetta cruised through the early stages before allowing a two-run home run to Peter O'Brien in the fourth. He escaped the frame but allowed a run on two hits in the fifth. Pivetta threw a solid 64 percent of his pitches for strikes as he reached his highest strikeout total since July 27, inducing five groundball outs to help his cause. Unfortunately, he received little run support and suffered his third consecutive loss despite allowing three runs or fewer in each of those outings. Pivetta will take a 4.67 ERA into Friday' scheduled start against the Braves.
Pivetta has been hurt by his defense more than any other pitcher in baseball this season, Mark Simon of The Athletic reports. Pivetta's defense has cost him 24 runs this year, seven more than the second-unluckiest pitcher (Noah Syndergaard). That's no surprise, as the Phillies' defense has been quite poor throughout the season, but Pivetta has been saddled with 10 runs more than any other pitcher in the Philadelphia rotation due to that subpar glovework. The poor defense shows up when looking at his FIP, which, at a solid 3.78, is far better than his 4.64 ERA. The difference between those two figures is the third highest in baseball, behind only Jon Gray and Zack Godley. While there's no reason to believe that the defense behind Pivetta will change over his final few starts, there's perhaps reason to believe he has more dynasty value than his surface stats reveal. He could be a sleeper in drafts next season, especially if the Phillies improve their defense over the offseason.
Pivetta (7-12) took the loss against the Nationals in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, allowing two runs on three hits across 4.1 innings. He struck out one and walked three. The Nationals fouled off 19 pitches to help drive up Pivetta's pitch count, eventually breaking through for a pair of runs during the fifth inning. The 25-year-old has failed to work through five innings during his last two starts, and will look for a better result in his next scheduled start Monday against the Mets.