Neal Huntington said today that Brandon Cumpton will start for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation. Previously Huntington said that Jeff Locke could be a candidate for the spot, although Locke seemingly was out of the mix after throwing six innings on Thursday.
"It just happened to align right now where Brandon is in turn to take Wandy’s spot," Huntington said. "Jeff would’ve had to either pitch on nine days rest or pitch on four days rest and we didn’t want to do that to him."
Cumpton seemed like the obvious choice, even if Locke was on normal rest. He has put up excellent numbers this year in Triple-A, with a 1.35 ERA in 40 innings, along with a 21:10 K/BB ratio and a 1.65 GO/AO ratio. In his brief career in the majors, he has a 2.70 ERA in 43.1 innings, with a 6.4 K/9, and a 1.3 BB/9. He's also put up an impressive 50% ground ball rate. His advanced metrics suggest he won't be this good going forward, but his xFIP of 3.59 says he could s...
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