Pittsburgh Pirates Gameday: Count Advantage Will be key for Chase De Jong at Coor Field
After a 2-0 loss in their series opener against the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates look to bounce back in game two. On the mound for the Pirates will be Chase De Jong, who is still looking for his first win in a Pirates uniform.
It was a tough game to watch on Monday, between the wide strike zone, an absent offense and seeing Colin Moran leave another game due to getting hit by a pitch - it wasn't the most ideal way to start the week.
As they look to erase yesterday's effort they'll get Adam Frazier - currently second in the majors in hits - back into the lineup after a schedule day off.
Since the lineup won't be available by time this posts, I wanted to go over some numbers that involved the known starter tonight, De Jong.
He was brilliant in his season debut against the same Rockies he'll face tonight, throwing five innings of one run baseball, striking out five and walking one. The 27-year old was beat up in his next start against the Miami Marlins (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, BB, 5 K).
It's been back-and-forth as far as his outings have gone, almost reminiscent of what Mitch Keller was doing earlier in the season, just not as on-and-off as the latter.
He's definitely played well enough in some games, putting the Pirates in a position to win despite not going deep into games. De Jong has failed to finish five full innings in each of the last two starts.
In going back through his pitch tracking, it's been his breaking pitches - mainly his curveball - that has helped him enjoy the success he's had.
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