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2021 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 38.2 2 3 6.28 32 19

Top Max Kranick News

  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Takes no-decision

    Kranick allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts through four innings, taking a no-decision in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Reds.

    Kranick struggled to subdue Cincinnati's bats; the big blow came in the fourth via a two-run shot by Eugenio Suarez that gave the Reds a 4-0 lead. Thankfully for Kranick, the Pirates rallied to spare him the loss. The right-hander finishes the season with an inflated 6.28 ERA and a suboptimal 32:19 K:BB. Even with these numbers, Kranick flashed upside in his first campaign (he was pulled after five perfect innings in his MLB debut against the Cardinals in June), and will squarely be in the fight for a roster spot next season.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Fires five shutout innings

    Kranick (2-3) earned the win Sunday versus Philadelphia with five shutout innings. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five.

    The right-hander operated on thin margins, but he was able to preserve the one-run lead afforded by Cole Tucker's leadoff home run. Kranick hadn't kept runs off the board since his five perfect innings versus St. Louis on June 27. For the season, he's pitched to a 6.23 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 34.2 innings at the big-league level. He lines up for one more start next weekend versus Cincinnati.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Draws another start

    Kranick will start Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

    Kranick will make his second straight turn through the rotation after he struck out six and gave up three runs over five innings in a no-decision last weekend in Miami following his call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The rookie right-hander is sitting on a 7.28 ERA overall through his first seven big-league starts.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Walks four in no-decision

    Kranick allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings during Sunday's loss against Miami. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision.

    Kranick turned in a pair of perfect frames to start the game and kept Miami scoreless through three innings. He coughed up a two-run double to Joe Panik in the fourth and an RBI sacrifice fly to Jesus Sanchez in the fifth. Since tossing five perfect innings in his MLB debut, Kranick has been rocked for 24 runs across 24.2 innings (8.76 ERA) with a 22:14 K:BB in six outings. If he gets another turn in the rotation, the right-handed rookie is projected to face the Phillies on the road next week.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Officially recalled

    The Pirates recalled Kranick from the taxi squad ahead of Sunday's start against the Marlins, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    The righty threw five perfect frames in his MLB debut but has struggled since and now has a 7.66 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 24.2 total innings. Despite the uninspiring numbers, Kranick could remain in the rotation beyond Sunday now that Bryse Wilson (hamstring) is on the injured list.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Starting Sunday

    Kranick will be added to the major-league roster to start Sunday against the Marlins, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    The right-hander has been with the Pirates over the past few days as a member of the taxi squad, and he'll officially rejoin the big-league roster to start Sunday's series finale. Kranick has a 7.66 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB across 24.2 innings this season, and it's unclear whether or not he'll remain in the rotation for the final two weeks of the campaign.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Sent down Thursday

    Kranick was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

    Kranick started Wednesday's game and allowed five runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss against the White Sox. The right-hander will return to the minors while Phillip Evans was recalled to provide additional infield depth since Michael Chavis (elbow) and Ke'Bryan Hayes (hand) are sidelined.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Chased in fifth

    Kranick (1-3) took the loss Wednesday after pitching 4.2 innings and surrendering five runs on eight hits, two walks and striking out one against the White Sox.

    The rookie was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of the start and was unable to keep the White Sox in check. A three-run home run by Gavin Sheets in the fourth inning provided the biggest blow against him. In six starts in the majors this season, he has registered a disastrous 7.66 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over 24.2 innings.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Recalled ahead of start

    Kranick was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Wednesday's start against the White Sox.

    Kranick made four minor-league starts since he was sent down in early August, and he posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 16 innings during that time. He's given up at least three runs in each of his last four major-league outings but will attempt to turn things around against the White Sox on Wednesday.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Starting Wednesday

    Kranick will be promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Wednesday against the White Sox, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Kranick has been in the minors since being demoted in early August, but he'll rejoin the big-league rotation Wednesday. The right-hander surrendered three earned runs over 4.1 innings during his last start for Indianapolis and has a 7.20 ERA over 20 big-league innings (five starts) this season.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Optioned to Triple-A

    Kranick was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.

    Kranick made two starts in his most recent major-league stint, and he allowed nine runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out seven in nine innings. The right-hander will attempt to sort things out in the minors after Steven Brault (lat) was reinstated from the 60-day IL on Wednesday.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Struggles in short outing

    Kranick allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four across four innings Tuesday against the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision.

    Kranick labored throughout the start, as he allowed multiple baserunners in two innings and managed only one clean frame. He struggled to throw strikes consistently, with only 48 of his 82 pitches finding the zone, and he was fortunate the bases were empty when he served up a home run to Willy Adames. Since throwing five perfect innings in his major-league debut, Kranick has allowed 17 earned runs across 15 innings in four subsequent appearances.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Awarded another start

    Kranick will stick in the Pittsburgh rotation and make his next start Tuesday in Milwaukee, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Kranick was moved back into the rotation last week as a replacement for Tyler Anderson, who was dealt away to the Mariners ahead of the deadline. The rookie right-hander also faced the Brewers in that start, and he was lit up for six runs on 10 hits and one walk over five innings. Since tossing five no-hit innings in his MLB debut June 27, Kranick has submitted a 10.64 ERA and 2.36 WHIP in three starts with Pittsburgh.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Hit hard Wednesday

    Kranick (1-2) took the loss Wednesday versus Milwaukee. He allowed six runs on 10 hits, a walk and a hit batsman with three strikeouts in five-plus innings.

    Remarkably, the 24-year-old threw only 73 pitches (50 strikes), but Milwaukee was able to produce runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Kranick saw his ERA tick up to 7.31 with a 1.63 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB through 16 innings this year. The right-hander could be an option in the rotation going forward, but he's clearly still adjusting to major-league hitters. If he continues working as a starter, he lines up for a rematch in Milwaukee next week.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Confirmed as Wednesday's starter

    Pirates manager Derek Shelton confirmed that Kranick will start Wednesday's game against the Brewers, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Kranick was fully expected to get the ball for the second game of the series after he was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. With Tyler Anderson having been dealt away to Seattle and Chase De Jong (knee) on the injured list, the Pirates should have room in the rotation for both Kranick and Cody Ponce -- who tossed five scoreless innings in relief in Tuesday's loss -- for the foreseeable future. Over his three prior starts with Pittsburgh this season, Kranick has gone 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA (3.69 FIP) and 1.36 WHIP over 11 innings.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Back with big club

    The Pirates recalled Kranick from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

    Pittsburgh hasn't announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, but the nod will presumably go to Kranick, who would be stepping into the rotation as a replacement for the injured Chase De Jong (knee). Kranick tossed five scoreless innings in his MLB debut June 27 in St. Louis, but he's struggled over his last two outings with the big club. Between those starts, Kranick has covered six frames while giving up seven runs on 11 hits and four walks.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Sent down Friday

    Kranick was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

    Kranick started Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, and he allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings. He'll now attempt to right the ship with the Triple-A club. The Pirates haven't yet announced who could fill his place in the starting rotation, but right-hander Luis Oviedo (quadriceps) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Unimpressive in no-decision

    Kranick allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three over three innings in a no-decision versus Arizona on Wednesday.

    The 24-year-old has now made three starts this year, and the last two have been uninspiring. Kranick owns a 5.73 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 11 innings this season, which suggests he'll be little more than a fill-in starter while Chase De Jong (knee) is on the injured list. Kranick lines up for a home start versus Milwaukee next week if he remains in the rotation.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Locked in for start Wednesday

    Kranick is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.

    After being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Kranick wasn't needed out of the bullpen in that night's 11-6 loss, so he'll get the ball for the series finale. Kranick, who owns a 3.38 ERA and 0.88 WHIP across two short starts for Pittsburgh this season, will step into the rotation as a replacement for Chase De Jong (knee), who was placed on the injured list Tuesday.

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  • Pirates' Max Kranick: Recalled Tuesday

    Kranick was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Kranick was sent back to Triple-A after making a spot start during Pittsburgh's July 10 doubleheader against the Mets. The Pirates have not confirmed a starter for Wednesday's series finale, so Kranick could be a logical option to fill that void. The right-hander has a 5.47 ERA across six Triple-A starts but has allowed just three earned runs during his eight big-league innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 175 lbs
Birthplace: Scranton, PA
Age: 24
Bats/Throws: R, R