Keller was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Keller has given up six earned runs in 4.2 innings over his last two starts and his season ERA sits at 7.04 with a similarly uninspiring 1.80 WHIP. Wil Crowe, who was recalled in a corresponding move, could be an option to take Keller's rotation spot.
Keller (3-7) was charged with the loss Thursday against the Dodgers after surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three across 2.2 innings.
Command issues seemed to plague Keller this time around. After giving up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts in the first, Keller ran in a troublesome three-run third inning which he was unable to finish. The right-hander, who had previously only hit three batters in his career, struck two alone in the third frame. The mess piled on as opposing starter Julio Urias hit a bases-loaded, two-run single after Keller went 3-0 on Austin Barnes and intentionally walked him. That would be it for Keller, who fell victim to his second abbreviated outing in a row. The 25-year-old had left his last start Friday due to a heat-related illness before landing on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday. Keller will look to bounce back during his next projected start Tuesday at Washington.
The Pirates reinstated Keller from the COVID-19-related injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Keller was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list prior to Sunday's game against Miami. The right-hander left his Friday start with what was described as a heat-related illness, though it's still not clear whether that's at all related to his brief stint on the injured list. In any case, Keller is back with the Pirates and should remain in line to start Thursday against Los Angeles.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Keller (illness) will be placed on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Per Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shelton said he couldn't confirm whether Keller's move to the IL was related to the heat-related illness that caused the right-hander's removal from his start Friday against the Marlins. Regardless, the Pirates don't seem to be concerned about a lengthy stay on the IL for Keller; according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Keller is listed as the team's probable starter for Thursday's game against the Dodgers. The 25-year-old has been a decent source of strikeouts (9.7 K/9) over his 11 starts, but his 3-6 record, 6.65 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across 44.2 innings have limited his overall fantasy value.
Keller was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins with a heat illness, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Keller only pitched two innings in Friday's start, and he allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. He's being evaluated to determine the extent of the issue, but it's not yet clear whether the illness will impact his availability going forward.
Keller (3-6) earned the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies after tossing five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks while fanning six.
Keller was coming off a woeful game with five runs allowed across five innings in his previous contest, but he bounced back admirably here and dominated the Rockies' lineup with ease. Keller gave up two or fewer runs in three of his five outings this month, and he's scheduled to pitch again next week at home against the Marlins.
Keller won't pitch as scheduled Friday against the Rockies since the game was postponed due to inclement weather.
The game will be made up via a doubleheader Saturday, and Keller will take the mound for Pittsburgh in the nightcap, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Keller (2-6) took the loss Saturday as the Pirates were downed 6-1 by Atlanta, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six.
The right-hander coughed up at least five runs for the third time in nine starts, and the long ball was the culprit in this one as Keller served up multiple homers for the first time in 2021. He'll lug a 7.41 ERA and 40:21 K:BB through 37.2 innings into his next outing.
Keller (2-5) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight in five innings to take the loss against the Giants on Sunday.
Keller was coming off his worst start of the season after he gave up seven runs in 3.1 innings to take the loss against the Reds on Monday. He fared slightly better in Sunday's outing, but he was still charged with his fifth loss in his first eight starts. Keller has posted a 7.16 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 32.2 innings this season. He tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road Saturday against Atlanta.
Keller will start Sunday against the Giants, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Keller was originally slated to start Saturday's game but will still draw a matchup against the Giants after moving back one day. He'll look to bounce back from a poor outing his last time out, when he allowed seven earned runs across only 3.1 innings to the Reds.
Keller (2-4) took the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings Monday against the Reds.
Keller needed just six pitches to get through the first inning, but he found trouble in the fourth, surrendering six runs in the frame. This marks the second time this season Keller has given up seven runs in an outing, boosting his ERA to 7.81 across 27.2 innings. His next start tentatively lines up for Saturday against San Francisco.
Keller (2-3) tossed 5.2 shutout innings against San Diego on Tuesday to earn the win, allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Keller turned in his best performance of the season against a strong San Diego offense. He ran into trouble the third time through the order and needs to work on going deeper into games to live up to his billing as a former top prospect in the organization. The right-hander will take a 6.29 ERA into his next start.
Keller (1-3) was tagged with the loss Wednesday against the Royals after allowing four runs on three hits and five walks while fanning two across 2.1 innings.
Keller had a rough outing Wednesday, giving up three runs in the first inning and failing to retire the side in order in any of his three frames. The right-hander has been very inconsistent this season, but he has given up three or more runs in three of his five outings to date while failing to pitch more than five innings in any of his starts. This translates to an inflated 8.20 ERA across his first 18.2 innings of the season. He's slated to next take the ball next week against the Padres on the road.
Keller allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five across five innings Thursday against the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision.
Keller took advantage of a relatively soft matchup Thursday to turn in a strong effort. He avoided handing out a free pass for the first time this season, though his problems with the long ball persisted when he served up a home run to JaCoby Jones. Keller has proven to be highly dependent on matchups so far this season, and his inconsistency is highlighted by a 7.16 ERA through 16.1 innings. He's currently projected to draw his next start against Kansas City on Wednesday.
Keller is slated to start Thursday's series finale in Detroit, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Earlier in the week, the Pirates initially listed JT Brubaker as their projected starter for Thursday, but since the right-hander has been the team's top pitcher so far this season, manager Derek Shelton may have wanted to save him for the weekend series with a more formidable opponent in the Twins. Keller will thus trade spots with Brubaker in the pitching order, getting a matchup upgrade as a result. Even so, fantasy managers probably can't rely on Keller to deliver a quality performance, considering how poorly he's fared in his first three starts. He's surrendered 11 runs on 16 hits and eight walks over 11.1 innings this season.
Keller (1-2) was charged with the loss against the Padres on Thursday after surrendering seven runs on nine hits and three walks. He struck out one over 3.1 innings.
Most of Keller's damage came from a four-run first inning during which the Padres hit him hard, including an RBI double by Jake Cronenworth and a two-run home run by Manny Machado. Keller, who has struggled with command in what's been an up-and-down April, issued three walks and now has an uninspiring 12:8 K:BB across 11.1 innings. The right-hander will look to improve upon a disappointing 8.74 ERA and 2.12 WHIP when the Pirates head to Detroit on Wednesday.
Keller (1-1) allowed one run on five hits and a walk while fanning seven across five innings in Saturday's win over the Cubs.
Keller lasted just three innings in his season debut against the Cubs last Sunday, but he bounced back and avenged that loss against the division rival with a strong performance. Even though he finished three outs away from qualifying for a quality start, Keller looked composed on the mound for the first time in quite a while. He posted an 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings during spring training.
Keller (0-1) allowed three earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four across three innings, taking the loss against the Cubs on Sunday.
Keller was mediocre in his season debut with the Pirates. The righty struggled with command, throwing 77 pitches and walking four in three innings. Sunday's woes looked like a continuation of Keller's rough spring, where he posted an 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings. Fortunately, he will have a long leash on a Pirates team that lacks pitching depth. Keller will get another look at the Cubs lineup in his next scheduled start Saturday.
Keller gave up four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings Monday, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out three, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
He's fortunate that his rotation spot is likely secure because he's struggled all spring long. "I think today was a step in the right direction," manager Derek Shelton said. "He gave up some hits but the command was better. It's the best offspeed stuff we've seen all spring out of him." AT&T SportsNet analyst John Wehner wondered aloud whether Keller is tipping his pitches. Whatever the issue, fantasy owners have to hope the 24-year-old pitches like he did at the end of 2020, when he registered 11 hitless innings to conclude his campaign.
Keller has allowed 12 earned runs in five spring innings, giving up 15 hits and three walks while striking out six, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
"I mean, the execution, we have to get cleaned up," manager Derek Shelton said. "I think we would have an issue if we didn't see stuff. We have the stuff there. Fastball command has been an issue, and he continued to miss up." If anything, Keller has gained velocity since last season, sitting in the 96 mph range. While his annual spring ERAs have become comical -- his 21.60 ERA is actually one run better than it was during spring training in 2019 (22.50 ERA) -- the team is looking for more improvement than that from Keller in 2021. Fantasy owners might expect exaggerated stretches, both good and bad, from the soon-to-be 25-year-old this summer.
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|05/29||vs COL||W 4-0||1||5.0||2||0||2||6|
|05/22||@ ATL||L 1-6||1||5.0||8||5||1||6|
|05/16||vs SF||L 1-4||1||5.0||6||2||3||8|
|05/10||vs CIN||L 1-14||1||3.1||7||7||2||2|
|05/04||@ SD||W 2-1||1||5.2||2||0||2||5|
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|2016||AFX-West Virginia Power||124.1||23||23||0||8||5||0||131||18||96||2.47||0.919|
|2017||ASX-West Virginia Black||4.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||7||1||2||0.00||0.750|