Pittsburgh Pirates: Dillon Peters Throws Gem, Majors Could Be Next

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Since the trade deadline, when the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away a couple of arms out of their pitching staff, they have been searching for the proper replacements to fill out the innings needed to finish the schedule.

They recalled Mitch Keller, quite possibly before they were ready to, and have seen more or less the same results out the 25-year old right handed pitcher.

So who is the next man up? It's likely no secret, but after acquiring Dillon Peters from the Los Angeles Angels, the Pirates have been building him up to potentially fill out part of the rotation going forward.

Saturday night was a signature moment for the 28-year old former 10th round pick out of Texas. Making just his second start with the Indianapolis Indians, Peters threw five no-hit innings, walked two batters, hit another and struck out five while building his pitch count up to 75.

Peters has been a starter the majority of his career, but came out of the bullpen his first two appearance after being traded to the Pirates.

In 31 major league appearances, Peters has posted a 5.83 ERA in 132 2/3 innings, striking out 101, and surrendering 27 home runs in the process.

He's looked good so far in his early time with the Pirates. In four appearances (two starts), Peters has allowed just three hits, one run, walked six and struck out 13 in 11 innings pitched. That's good for an 0.82 ERA and has held opponents to just a .083 average and .417 OPS.

Peters also generated 14 swing and misses in his start on Saturday against the Iowa Cubs, a 13-1 blowout that saw the lefty come to bat before he stepped on the mount.

Having him lined on this day hasn't gone unnoticed by some, as Keller also pitched for Pittsburgh, enduring another rough outing. In the two starts he has had since being recalled, Keller has allowed 15 hits and eight earned runs while walking four in ten innings pitched (7.20 ERA). 

Now if the Pirates so choose to do so, they could have Peters come up and take over Keller's spot in the rotation so that the latter could return to Indy and work on whatever it was they were doing over the past month.

The Pirates haven't had a lefty they could throw into the rotation since they traded Tyler Anderson. Peters gives them that. While he doesn't have anywhere near the track record that Anderson did, Peters does give Pittsburgh a fresh body they could use, and seeing how they have been beat up the last week or so - that could be a welcome change.

Indianapolis Power Surge

It has been quite a display of offensive fire power the last two days for the Indians. Picking up victories in each of the last two days, they have done so using the long ball to aid them. Indianapolis has hit 11 home runs in the past two games, adding in four doubles as well to give them 15 extra base hits on Friday and Saturday combined.

While it hasn't been to the same extent, the power display has stretched out throughout the week, as they have hit 22 extra base hits since this most recent series against the Cubs started. Newly acquired Michael Chavis has led the way with three doubles and two home runs.

Anthony Alford put the final touches on a redemption resume that got him called back up to Pittsburgh. On the week before being recalled, Alford had three home runs and a double.

Altoona Drops Game Despite Strong McGough Outing

Don't let the score fool you, the Curve were in this game for the majority of it, and while they were it could be credited to Trey McGough. The 24th round pick of the Pirates back in 2019 out of Mount St. Mary's, McGough had one of his best outings to date.

The lefty pitched six innings and allowed six hits, two runs and one walk while striking out eight batters. He fought out of some tough situations to keep Altoona in the game, all the while throwing 70% of his pitches for strikes.

A 10-run bottom of the eighth inning is what did Altoona in.

Each team will wrap up their week long series on Sunday, before an off day on Monday and getting starting with another six game set on Tuesday.

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