Brubaker gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision versus Cleveland on Sunday. Brubaker wasn't great in his final start of 2020, getting into trouble in both the fifth and sixth innings before Geoff Hartlieb relieved him. The 26-year-old Brubaker ends the campaign with a 4.94 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 48 strikeouts across 47.1 innings.
Brubaker (1-3) took the loss Monday as the Pirates were downed 5-0 by the Cubs, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out nine. The 26-year-old rookie delivered his first career quality start on 98 pitches (63 strikes), but a lack of run support from the Bucs wasted Brubaker's efforts. He's currently not scheduled for another outing this season, ending his first tour of the majors with a 4.46 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 45:15 K:BB through 42.1 innings. Brubaker has likely earned himself a shot at a more permanent rotation spot heading into 2021.
Brubaker (1-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday. An RBI single by Shogo Akiyama accounted for all of the damage against Brubaker, and that was enough to saddle him with the loss as the Pirates got shut out. Brubaker's overall numbers leave quite a bit to be desired, but he has shown flashes with his fastball-slider combo. The right-hander will carry a 4.79 ERA and 36:14 K:BB in 35.2 innings into the final week of the season, with a couple more chances to strengthen his case for a 2021 rotation spot (vs. CHC, at CLE).
Brubaker (1-1) pitched 5.1 innings on Wednesday, allowing seven runs on seven hits while striking out five, as the Pirates fell to the White Sox 8-1. Making his sixth start and coming off a five-inning, victorious outing in his previous appearance, Brubaker was unable to replicate the success on Wednesday. He tossed 98 pitches with 66 strikes but was constantly navigating through jams. In the bigger picture, Pittsburgh represents one of the least desirable fantasy situations in the league.
Brubaker (1-0) picked up the win Thursday against the Cubs, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk across five innings. He struck out five. Although he had to work around some trouble, the right-hander was able to hold the Cubs to just one earned run on the way to his first big-league victory. Two hits and a walk led to a Chicago run in the second. Brubaker was able to limit the Cubs to just one more unearned run in the third, despite allowing two hits and needing to work around a fielding error during the frame. The 26-year-old will take a 3.96 ERA into his start against the White Sox on Wednesday.
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