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September 26, 2020 09:52 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Flirts with another no-hitter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller allowed one run on eight walks and struck out three but did not give up a hit across five innings Friday against the Indians. He did not factor into the decision.

Keller's start may go down as the most bizarre pitching performance of the season. He walked the first three hitters of the game and was out of the inning two pitches later after getting a couple of groundouts, including a double play off the bat of Carlos Santana. Keller then went on to pitch four more innings of no-hit baseball while getting out of a second bases-loaded jam in the third. He had to be pulled after five innings because he was already at 98 pitches, but Friday's outing marks 11 straight innings that Keller has not allowed a hit. He'll head into the 2021 season with that streak intact but may want to work on his accuracy as he walked 18 batters in comparison to 16 strikeouts on the year.

September 20, 2020 01:04 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: No-hit bid cut short
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller fired six scoreless innings without allowing a hit prior to being pulled in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Keller was dominant, but he also racked up 84 pitches (52 for strikes) through six innings. With the Pirates' brass looking towards the future, Keller's arm was saved at the expense of the no-hitter. The 24-year old will carry a 3.24 ERA into his fourth start of the season, which is scheduled for Friday in Cleveland.

September 14, 2020 11:40 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Surrenders three in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller gave up three runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four over three innings in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Reds. He didn't factor into the decision.

Keller found trouble in the second and third innings, surrendering three runs on a pair of home runs before exiting. He was likely on a short leash, with his last start dating back to Aug. 1 due to an oblique injury. He'll carry a 5.06 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with seven strikeouts over 10.2 frames into his next outing.

September 14, 2020 07:08 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Return made official
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and will start Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Reds, Kevin Gorman of reports.

As expected, Keller will rejoin the starting rotation after missing time with a left oblique strain. He's appeared in just two games this season, surrendering three runs on seven hits and four walks while fanning three over 7.2 innings of work.

September 14, 2020 01:56 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Rejoining rotation Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates will activate Keller (oblique) from the 10-day injured list Monday to start one game of the team's doubleheader with the Reds, Adam Berry of reports.

Keller reported no pain in his strained left oblique coming out of a three-inning live batting practice session a few days ago, so he's ready to make his first appearance since Aug. 1. Due to the extended layoff, Keller likely won't be asked to work especially deep into Monday's contest, which renders him rather unappealing for DFS contests. Keller may have more intrigue in season-long formats, as he would likely be in line to make his second start of the week Sept. 19 or Sept. 20 versus the Cardinals.

September 10, 2020 12:32 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Tosses three practice innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) threw 43 pitches over three innings during a live batting practice session Wednesday, Alex Stumpf of reports.

Keller didn't face any setbacks after throwing 35 pitches Friday, and his return could be coming soon if he doesn't experience any issues following Wednesday's session. The right-hander has been sidelined for over a month with a left oblique strain, but he could get some work in over the final few weeks of the regular season.

September 6, 2020 12:36 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Moving closer to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) is set to throw another live batting practice session in the new few days, Adam Berry of reports.

Keller threw 35 pitches in two innings of batting practice Friday. With no setbacks from that session, Keller will throw again soon and could rejoin the rotation shortly thereafter. With just under a month remaining in the season, it's unclear how many starts Keller would be able to make, though the Pirates would likely want to see him return to the mound before the conclusion of the campaign.

September 2, 2020 10:40 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Throwing live batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday, Adam Berry of reports.

The 24-year-old landed on the injured list in early August with a left oblique injury, but facing live hitters is a good sign for his progression. The Pirates plan for Keller to return to game action before the end of the season, but a more specific timeline for his return remains unclear.

August 19, 2020 04:48 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Nearing mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) has played catch off flat ground as is expected to throw off a mound next week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Keller left early with an oblique issue in just his second start of the year. While it's certainly a positive that he's progressing in the right direction, his next time throwing off a mound will be his first in over three weeks, so he'll presumably need multiple sessions before being returning from the injured list.

August 11, 2020 06:32 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Yet to resume throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (oblique) has yet to resume throwing, Adam Berry of reports.

Keller landed on the injured list in early August after leaving his second start of the year with an oblique injury. He's expected to play catch at some point before the end of the week, though that leaves him still quite a way from being able to return to game action.

August 2, 2020 06:24 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Injury severity not yet known
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates are unlikely to have a timetable regarding the injury to Keller (oblique) for several days, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Cherington said the team will need more time to determine the severity of Keller's injury. "It takes a couple days to get a handle on it," the general manager noted. He applauded Keller for not trying to push through the oblique injury, something that may help the righty return to action sooner than if he had continued to pitch through the pain.

August 2, 2020 01:44 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Moves to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (side) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The 24-year-old was removed from Saturday's start with left side discomfort after 2.2 innings, and he'll require a stint on the injured list. Keller doesn't have an official timetable for his return, though he'll be eligible to be activated Aug. 12.

August 2, 2020 12:04 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Tagged with loss Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (1-1), who left with an injury, was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk over 2.2 innings Saturday against the Cubs.

Keller left the outing with side discomfort and is questionable until the team announces further details regarding his status. Manager Derek Shelton said after the game he had no updates on the 24-year-old, but he hopes to have more information about Keller's status Sunday morning.

August 1, 2020 11:16 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Dealing with side discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller exited Saturday's start against the Cubs with left side discomfort.

The 24-year-old was removed during the third inning after spiking a pitch. He's in line for the loss after allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk over 2.2 innings. The severity of the injury remains unclear, so Keller should be considered questionable for his next turn through the rotation until the team updates his status.

August 1, 2020 09:52 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller was removed from Saturday's start against the Cubs with an apparent injury, Adam Berry of reports.

The right-hander spiked a curveball well in front of home plate and subsequently called for the athletic trainer before being removed. Keller exited in line for the loss after allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk over 2.2 innings. He should be considered day-to-day until the team provides any specifics on the injury.

July 27, 2020 03:00 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Tosses five innings in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keler (1-0) threw five innings Sunday, allowing one run and earning a win over the Cardinals. He walked three batters and struck out two.

Despite throwing just 47 of his 87 pitches for strikes and walking more batters than he fanned, Keller was able to keep the Cardinals' lineup fairly quiet. While it wasn't the most impressive outing, it's certainly a sign of improvement after he posted an abysmal 7.13 ERA as a rookie in 2019. Keller will get a tough matchup at Wrigley Field against the Cubs next weekend.

July 21, 2020 10:04 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Opening as No. 3 starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Derek Shelton confirmed Keller will start Sunday's series finale at St. Louis, Adam Berry of reports.

The 24-year-old received the start in Tuesday's intrasquad game, and he'll remain on the five-day schedule to begin the season. Keller made his major-league debut in 2019 and struggled with a 7.13 ERA in 11 starts, but he made a concerted effort during the shutdown to increase the spin efficiency on his fastball, which theoretically should help him miss more bats.

July 7, 2020 04:12 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Improving spin efficiency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller used his own Rapsodo device during the shutdown period to improve the spin efficiency on his fastball, Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

It sounds like Keller was very self-motivated to improve as a pitcher during the shutdown period, using the Rapsodo (a pitch design tool) to up his spin efficiency from the low 90s to the 95th percentile. He has a reputation for having the velocity but not the ideal movement on his fastball, which is sometimes referred to as "straight", so if Keller's fastball can miss more bats he could be primed for a breakout 2020 season. Keller said Monday that he feels "really good" so he appears primed to open the season in Pittsburgh's rotation.

March 9, 2020 01:52 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Boosts rotation chances Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller limited the Rays to one run on three hits and a walk in three-plus innings Sunday. He struck out five batters, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

He threw his mid-90s fastball up in the zone effectively and was removed after walking the leadoff hitter in the fourth inning. "I thought he was better today," manager Derek Shelton said. "That was a really positive step forward for him." Keller matched his strikeout total from his first three outings combined. The righty is expected to make two more appearances before the regular season starts.

March 3, 2020 08:36 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Unimpressive showing Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller gave up three runs on three hits and one walk in 2.1 innings against Toronto on Monday. He struck out a pair of batters.

He surrendered a two-run homer to Danny Jansen among the hits he allowed. After an encouraging first spring start, Keller's Grapefruit League earned-run average has climbed to 7.50 through three appearances and six innings. The expected loss of Steven Brault (shoulder) helps Keller's chances of sticking in the rotation, but he's not setting himself apart from the team's other options.

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09/19vs STLL 4-50006.00026
09/14@ CINL 4-90003.02344
08/01@ CHCL 3-40102.25211
07/26@ STLW 5-11005.02132
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