Pittsburgh Pirates: Mitch Keller's Secondary Pitches Hold Key to Consistency
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The Pittsburgh Pirates had high hopes for Mitch Keller, as he quickly raised through the system and became one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball.
It has been a different story since reaching the majors, as Keller has failed to establish himself as a consistent major league level starting pitcher. He has certainly shown flashes, but hasn't been able to string enough starts together to say that he has finally 'made it'.
In his start on Sunday, Keller had if not one of his best starts in the majors - certainly had one of his defining moments. Despite being tagged with the loss, Keller threw five innings of two-run baseball where he allowed six hits, walked three but struck out eight.
The moment that many are excited about was him pitching out of a second-and-third with no out situation without surrendering a run.
I won't lie, I've watch that inning multiple times since Sunday afternoon when the game took place. It was a big moment in his career that just can't seem to get off the ground.
A lot of people are saying this could be the turning point for Keller, who may have finally found his confidence while on the mound.
While that has a lot to do with his pitching aliments, consistency from start to start is what is going to finally give Keller his 'I'm a big league pitcher' moment.
I try not to be a Debbie downer. Covering this team there is enough down moments without generating one. It was awesome to see Keller come through in a moment like that, as too many times we've seen him give up that one big hit that opens the game up.
How he approaches his next start will truly tell how far he has come.
Without digging too much into his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Keller has struggled to build off a successful start this year.
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