Kuhl (2-3) tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win against the Cubs on Thursday, allowing two hits and three walks while fanning five. It was a fantastic final start for Kuhl, who will finish the year at 2-3 with a 4.27 ERA. The right-hander silenced the Cubs' offense in seven innings of work, allowing just two hits and three free passes. Aside from a poor outing Sept. 13 in which he allowed nine earned runs against Kansas City, Kuhl did not allow more than three earned runs in his other 10 appearances.
Kuhl (1-3) took the loss in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five-plus innings as the Pirates fell 7-2. He struck out six. The Bucs committed three errors in the nightcap, leading to six unearned runs for the pitching staff. Kuhl still delivered a solid effort after blister issues cut short his last start, throwing 53 of 87 pitches for strikes, and he'll take a 5.03 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 39:25 K:BB over 39.1 innings into his final outing of the season Thursday, at home against the Cubs. He did walk off the mound nursing his right hand with blood on his jersey, so there is a chance he could miss his final start.
The Pirates list Kuhl (finger) as their probable starter for the second game of Friday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Kuhl's inclusion on Pittsburgh's pitching schedule is an indication that the blister and cuticle issues he experienced in his most recent outing Sept. 13 versus the Royals won't be much of a concern as takes the hill for his eighth start of 2020. Through his first seven starts, Kuhl has posted a 6.14 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 28:20 K:BB over 29.1 innings.
Blister and cuticle issues to his right index finger likely contributed to Kuhl's poor pitching performance Sunday against the Royals, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. "As soon as we kind of figured out that I really couldn't throw a fastball, we just kind of showed it just for hoping it would end up in a good location," Kuhl said. The 28-year-old walked six batters while recording only seven outs. Pittsburgh's MLB-worst defense didn't do him any favors, either. As a result, it might be wise to keep Kuhl benched until he proves he's healthy.
Kuhl (1-2) allowed nine earned runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five across 2.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Royals. Kuhl was in trouble from the outset of the start, as he walked three batters and threw a wild pitch in the opening frame, resulting in four earned runs. He was finally chased in the third inning after allowing two additional earned runs while also exiting the game with the bases loaded. After some positive outings to begin the campaign, Kuhl has walked 19 batters across his last 20.1 frames with the result being short and subpar starts. Overall, he has maintained a 5.50 ERA across 34.1 frames this season.