After a tumultuous 2017 campaign, Taillon is back to full health and is looking to be one of the top arms in Pittsburgh's arsenal. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the 26-year-old went through a normal offseason routine at Fairchild Sports Performance in Houston with a focus on posture and quality of movement. He hopes to be able to hold up over the course of a full season in his second complete campaign in the bigs. In 2017, Taillon was limited to 25 starts due to a cancer diagnosis, producing a 4.44 ERA and an 8.4 K/9 in that time.
Taillon made his Grapefruit League debut Monday, retiring six of seven Boston batters while striking out the final three hitters he faced.
Taillon's line from 2017 wasn't special ( 4.44 ERA, 1.48 WHIP), but an xFIP of 3.89 and 125:46 K:BB in 133.2 innings show that there's reason to expect improvement. In-season treatment for testicular cancer made for a trying set of circumstances, but the righty limited opponents to two runs or less in five of his six final starts. While his peripherals figure to improve in 2018, he could find wins difficult to come by as the Bucs' No. 1 or No. 2 starter (following the departure of Gerrit Cole) behind a weak offense. Nevertheless, Taillon makes for a good rebound candidate in 2018.
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.
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