Williams (5-4) took the loss Tuesday, allowing eight runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings against the Diamondbacks.
Williams was done in early in this one, as three Pittsburgh errors in the opening frame led to a 37-pitch, six-run first inning. It's the second outing in a row the 26-year-old has lasted just three innings, and he hasn't made it more than five in any of his last four tries. Williams now has a 6.36 ERA in eight starts since the beginning of May, all but undoing an encouraging opening month. He'll look to get back on track Monday against the Brewers.
Williams didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 11-9 win over the Dodgers, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks over three innings while striking out two.
In his shortest start of the season, Williams threw 41 of 65 pitches for strikes but wasn't fooling many hitters, generating only five swinging strikes. His early success is now a distant memory, as the right-hander has coughed up at least four runs in five of his last six outings to inflate his ERA to 4.18. Williams will next take the mound Monday on the road against the Diamondbacks.
Williams allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals. He did not factor into the decision.
The Cardinals got to Williams early Thursday, putting up a four spot in the first inning on four hits and two walks. He navigated through the next three innings with no further damage before allowing an RBI single to Greg Garcia in the fifth. Williams got off to a surprisingly strong start this season but has now given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts. He'll look to right the ship in his upcoming Wednesday start against the Dodgers.
Williams (5-3) gave up four runs on seven hits and zero walks while striking out three in four innings Saturday, taking the loss against the Cardinals.
Prior to this outing, his shortest start by innings was a five-inning start on May 9, and his shortest start by pitches was an 85-pitch outing on April 1. He only threw 65 pitches in this one, so it was his shortest start of the year by any measure. Williams will look to get back on track Thursday in St. Louis.
Williams allowed four earned runs on four hits while walking none and striking out five across six innings Sunday against the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.
Williams allowed only four runners to reach base, but each of them came around to score, with the big blow being a two-run homer by Christian Villanueva in the fourth inning. Williams has found success early in the season by limiting hard contact despite generating just 6.1 K/9, and he now has a 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through 10 starts this season. His lack of strikeouts is a concern, however, as it not only diminishes his fantasy value but also makes it more difficult for him to work out of jams as was illustrated by his start on Sunday.
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