Altoona has steamrolled through the playoffs on the backs of their starting pitchers. In 36 innings, the group of Mitch Keller, Alex McRae, Austin Coley, Brandon Waddell and JT Brubaker posted a 1.50 ERA and they picked up the wins in all five games. The bullpen has thrown nine innings total in the five games, with four of the eight bullpen arms not even making an appearance yet. Brubaker pitched a great game last night, putting Altoona one win away from the Eastern League title.
The series now shifts to Altoona for the final three games (if necessary) of the best-of-five series. Tonight is the final start of the season for Mitch Keller, although he will continue on in the Arizona Fall League, with a likely stop in the Fall Instructional League in between. His trip to Instructs will jus...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.