Today was the second game in a row where JT Brubaker gave up a lot of his but was fortunate enough to escape with limited damage. Giving up just 3 earned on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings pitched, somehow the Pirates were able to still stay in this game. With his 2-game stretch of bad starts has our thoughts on Brubs’ wavered?
It seems the only offense that comes consistently from this team is from Bryan Reynolds and Oneil Cruz and tonight Cruz went deep for his 3rd home run in a week. Has Cruz been performing better? Has his struggles changed? What do the Pirates need to do heading into 2023 to protect Cruz going forward? We discuss these as well.