The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on August 28th. In McDonald's other 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 48 runs over 48.0 frames, good for a 9.00 ERA. The second half of the season has ballooned McDonald's ERA from an impressive 2.37 ERA at the break, to 4.05 ERA after his four run outing on Friday in Chicago.
Overall command of the strike zone has been a huge issue for him. Over 110 frames in the first half, McDonald walked just 31 batters to 100 strikeouts. He's already passed his first half total in walks, ...
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