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59 Joe Musgrove SP

Pittsburgh Pirates

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August 8, 2020 07:44 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Scratched with sore ankle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tigers with a sore ankle, Adam Berry of reports.

The severity of the issue is not yet clear, but it will cost Musgrove at least one start. Steven Brault will take the hill in his place. Musgrove struggled in his previous start Tuesday against the Brewers, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings while walking five batters, though it's unknown whether or not he was battling the issue at that time.

August 4, 2020 06:00 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Issues five free passes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (0-3) took the loss Tuesday in Minnesota after allowing five runs on six hits across 3.1 innings. He had two strikeouts and five walks.

The 27-year-old was solid in his first two starts of the season with three runs allowed over 5.2 innings both times out, but he didn't find much success against the Twins. Walks have been a significant issue so far for Musgrove, as he's issued 11 free passes through 14.2 innings, and the five walks Tuesday tied a single-game career high. The right-hander will have a more favorable matchup next time on the mound Sunday versus the Tigers.

July 30, 2020 02:44 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Tagged with first loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (0-1) gave up three earned runs on four hits (including two homers) and three walks in 5.2 innings Wednesday. He struck out eight in a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee.

He's been tagged for four home runs in two starts after yielding 21 homers in 32 games last season. The righty has also walked three batters in both starts, something he did only three times in 2019. Still, he's pitched well but as the team's designated No. 1 starter, he's faced tough opposing starters in Jack Flaherty and Brandon Woodruff.

July 25, 2020 12:04 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Narrowly misses quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings Friday. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out seven St. Louis batters.

The righty, who threw 99 pitches (61 for strikes), was hurt by a pair of leadoff home runs. Interestingly, manager Derek Shelton said during his post-game media conference on AT&T SportsNet that he removed Musgrove because he was tiring, not because of his pitch count.

July 17, 2020 01:24 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Confirmed for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove was named the Pirates' Opening Day starter by manager Derek Shelton on Friday, Adam Berry of reports.

The announcement is hardly a surprise, but the right-hander is now officially set to face the Cardinals in the season opener next Friday. Musgrove had a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 157:39 K:BB over 170.1 innings last year, though he had a strong finish with a 3.74 ERA across his final eight starts.

July 14, 2020 05:36 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Looks good in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove struck out seven batters in five innings during Monday's summer camp intrasquad game, allowing a first-inning homer to Josh Bell, Adam Berry of reports.

The team's likely Opening Day starter mixed his pitches to keep hitters off balance. "One thing that really stood out to me was his ability to use all his pitches," manager Derek Shelton noted. "His feel on his pitches tonight was about as close to being ready for the season, I think, as you can see out of a guy." Musgrove pitched well in his final eight starts of 2019, compiling a 3.74 ERA before going on the IL with an abdominal injury that led to offseason surgery.

March 7, 2020 09:24 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Makes scheduled appearance Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (shoulder) pitched poorly Friday but apparently made it through his outing without encountering any additional injury issues, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Musgrove felt a pinching in his right shoulder following his previous outing. The righty surrendered seven earned runs (including two homers) while recording just two outs Friday on a day in which the wind was a significant factor -- the game featured a total of 11 home runs. "My execution wasn't very good," Musgrove said. "It's good to get stuff like this out of the way in spring. I felt good today, but the execution wasn't there." After throwing 37 pitches before getting the hook against the Blue Jays, he threw an additional pair of simulated innings to get his work in.

March 5, 2020 12:16 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Scheduled to work Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (shoulder) is slated to pitch in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Musgrove admitted after his second outing of the spring over the weekend that he's been feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder, but the issue doesn't look like it'll result in his pitching schedule being altered at all. Though he won't start Friday, Musgrove is on track to cover at least an inning or two behind Chris Archer (neck).

March 1, 2020 10:44 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Admits to mild shoulder discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove, who has been bothered by "pinching" in his right shoulder this spring, gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in three innings against Toronto on Sunday. He struck out a pair of batters.

The righty has been concerned with the injury because the discomfort has lingered. While the issue cleared up Sunday, it will be interesting to see if he continues to make his regularly scheduled outings the rest of spring training. The Pirates are counting on him to serve at the top of their rotation.

February 26, 2020 10:12 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: First start goes well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove hurled two hitless innings in his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday. He plunked one batter while striking one out, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

He threw 18 of 25 pitches for strikes and went to his curveball with increased frequency. Musgrove, who threw his curve at a nine percent clip in 2019, would like to increase his usage by as much as 10 percent. Since his high fastball travels the same trajectory a good portion of the way to the plate, the curve would help to keep hitters off-balance. The righty is set to serve at the top of Pittsburgh's rotation, along with Chris Archer.

January 10, 2020 03:28 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Gets $2.8 million from Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Pirates, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

This is his first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. Despite his modest salary, Musgrove enters the year as one of the rebuilding Pirates' most established players.

September 27, 2019 11:56 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Quality start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (11-12) got the win against the Cubs on Thursday, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking two as the Pirates won 9-5.

Musgrove has had an uneven campaign, but he's closed it on a strong note. Coming off this outing, he's now reached the five-inning threshold without allowing more than three earned runs in seven out of his last eight starts dating back to Aug. 10. He'll need to be more consistent going forward to establish himself as a reliable fantasy contributor, but hopefully he can build on the strong finish heading into next season. The right-hander closes the 2019 campaign with a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 157:39 K:BB across 170.1 innings.

September 20, 2019 12:36 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Strikes out six
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six across five innings Thursday against the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision.

All four runs crossed the plate against Musgrove in an error-fueled second inning. However, he settled in from there, allowing only two base knocks in his final three innings of work. Although he's been inconsistent throughout the season, Musgrove has allowed only seven earned runs across his last 22 innings. Still he's maintained a 4.49 ERA due to several blowup outings since the All-Star break, most notable of which was an eight earned run implosion on Aug. 4 against the Mets. He'll look to end the season strong in his final start, currently slated for Thursday at home against the Cubs.

September 12, 2019 08:08 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Cruises to 10th win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (10-12) picked up the win after giving up four hits while striking out seven over five scoreless innings Thursday against the Giants.

Musgrove allowed just four batters to reach base on the day, and he was pulled after five strong innings with 72 pitches (50 strikes). The right-hander has now earned back-to-back victories, allowing three runs while fanning 12 over 11 innings of work. He'll head into his next start with a 4.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with a 143:35 K:BB over 59.1 frames this season.

September 12, 2019 11:40 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Confirmed as Thursday's starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (foot) is confirmed as Thursday's starter against the Giants.

He was scratched from his scheduled start Friday with right foot discomfort but is ready to take the ball for the first time since Aug. 31. This is a favorable setup in San Francisco, but Musgrove has a 5.60 ERA in 10 second-half starts, so he's far from a safe option.

September 10, 2019 07:36 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: May start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (foot) is tentatively scheduled to start Thursday's game at San Francisco, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Musgrove was scratched from Friday's scheduled start with right foot discomfort, and he'll take at least one additional day before returning to the starting rotation. Dario Agrazal will take the mound Wednesday, while Alex McRae is waiting to serve as a spot starter Thursday should Musgrove be unable to pitch.

September 6, 2019 12:32 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Scratched with foot issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove was scratched from Friday's start against the Cardinals with right foot discomfort, Adam Berry of reports.

Musgrove was scheduled for his 30th outing of the season but is now considered day-to-day with the foot injury. Alex McRae will step up and serve as the spot starter for Pittsburgh.

September 1, 2019 08:36 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Strong effort in ninth win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (9-12) picked up the win in Saturday's 11-4 victory over the Rockies, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five.

The Pirates' offense was taking full advantage of playing in Coors Field, scoring five times in the first two innings, but Musgrove was able to mostly hold the Rockies' bats in check en route to his 16th quality start of the season. The right-hander will take a 4.67 ERA and 136:35 K:BB through 154.1 innings into his next outing Friday, at home against the Cardinals.

August 27, 2019 12:20 AM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Fires six strong innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove allowed two runs on five hits over six innings Monday, striking out six batters in the loss to Philadelphia. He did not factor in the decision.

The only runs to score on Musgrove came from a two-run shot by Brad Miller in the fourth inning. It was a much better outing for the 26-year-old after he was rocked for six runs in his last start. He'll carry a 4.67 ERA into Saturday's tough outing against the Rockies at Coors Field.

August 21, 2019 11:08 PM
Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Hit with 12th loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Musgrove (8-12) took the loss in Wednesday's 11-1 rout at the hands of the Nationals, coughing up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings while striking out one.

All the damage against Musgrove came in the third inning, and it could have been even worse had Yan Gomes not been caught in a rundown between third base and home. The right-hander will carry a 4.74 ERA and 125:34 K:BB through 142.1 innings into his next start Monday in Philadelphia.

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vs Cincinnati 15.020 1.200113
vs LHB 79.100 4.6501565
vs RHB 91.000 4.2502492
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Pittsburgh Pirates

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