Taillon allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Saturday.
The 25-year-old completed seven innings for the third time this season and for the first time since April 16. It's great to see him close on a high note, as it's been a trying season for Taillon; he underwent surgery for testicular cancer in May. His FIP was roughly a full run better than is ERA this year, so there will be post-hype appeal with Taillon next spring.
Taillon (8-7) allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out six batters through five innings to take the win against St. Louis on Sunday.
Sunday's win was Taillon's first since Aug. 11, and he's now allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his past five starts. There have been a number of peaks and valleys throughout the season for the 25-year-old righty, but it's encouraging to see him finishing the year strong. Taillon takes a 4.62 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 into his final projected start of the season against Washington at Nationals Stadium.
Taillon (7-7) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk across five innings to earn the loss Monday against the Brewers. He struck out four.
Taillon pitched well on the day, but a solo home run from Ryan Braun in the fourth inning and a run-scoring rally to begin the fifth were enough to sink him to his eighth loss. It was a nice bounce-back performance for the right-hander, who was shelled for six runs on 11 hits in his previous outing. Taillon will look to build on this improved effort Sunday against the Cardinals.
Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed that Taillon will not take his regular turn in the rotation Tuesday, though he added that the righty will start again in 2017, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"We're going to skip him," Hurdle said. "Who we're going to plug in is yet to be determined. We've got Steven Brault. We'll see how the Triple A situation works out, but somebody will pick up his start. And then we're going to plug him back in." Taillon has struggled with his control in 2017, with his walks per nine innings more than doubling (1.5 to 3.3).
Taillon had a poor showing Thursday against the Cubs. Over 4.2 innings he gave up six runs on 11 hits and a walk, bringing his ERA and WHIP up to 4.78 and 1.55, respectively, for the season. The Pirates have yet to announce who they'll send to the hill instead of Taillon when Tuesday comes around.
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