I believe that Nick Kingham should still be in the majors right now.
The rookie pitcher has made six starts with a 3.82 ERA and a 3.91 xFIP. Part of that is due to the gem that he pitched in his first start. If you remove that, he's got numbers closer to league average and the decision to send him down yesterday is a bit more justified.
But I'm looking just at that gem, as well as Kingham's most recent start, when I say that he should still be up.
I've been pointing out a lot this year that the Pirates should be following the strategy of the Astros pitchers. That strategy typically leads to throwing fewer fastballs and more breaking stuff. However, it seems to be as simple as throwing your best pitches more often.
Kingham's best pitch is his changeup. It has a .356 OPS and a 24...
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