P2Live: Mitch Keller Makes His First Start Since His Shutout

The Pittsburgh Pirates (21-19) take on the Baltimore Orioles (26-13) on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in the finale of the three-game series. First pitch is at 1:35 PM.

Mitch Keller (4-1, 2.72) will be on the mound today, making his first start since his shutout. He will look to stop another losing streak by going up against veteran right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.40), who is making his ninth start of the season.

The Pirates have off tomorrow, before heading to Detroit for a quick two-game series.

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Here are links to some news from today. If anything else pops up before the game, we will add the link below:

**Ben Cherington gave updates on Vince Velasquez and Rob Zastryzny, saying both should begin rehab assignments with Indianapolis this week. Velasquez could need just one appearance, but that will be decided once he has made a start. Zastryzny has been out three weeks longer and will need more time.

**Pirates Drop Second Game to Orioles

**Solid Starts from JP Massey and Kyle Nicolas

**Today’s Pirates Prospects Daily looks at Matt Fraizer

**Our weekly Saturday draft article looks at the clear group of top five prospects and how they are all worthy of a #1 pick.

**Today’s Pirates history looks at a six-hit game, as well as two updated bios

**Today’s Card of the Day looks at an interesting offering featuring Tony Pena

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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joesolo6181

How do the pirates spell ace? KELLER!

john_fluharty

Keller the killer! Not sure I’d trade him straight up for very many pitchers right now. He looks like he’s on his way to becoming one of the best.

PiratePrimate

The last 15 days he is the best

Catch_22

Per Hedges – Balt. hitters were telling him that Keller has the best stuff they’ve seen this year.

Keller leads MLB in backward K’s

PirateRican21

The weird fact about that fact is that is mostly on fastballs, fastballs! This is a guy who had a horrible fastball just over a year ago.

skliesen

If Mitch doesn’t win NL Pitcher of the week, someone needs to be fired.

I realize I’m being a prisoner of the moment with this comment, but is there a SP not named Shohei who you would trade Mitch for straight up?

His ability to mix and match 5 different high quality pitches with command is just damn special.

Catch_22

He’ll get it.

jon6er

Last 3 starts 21 innings 13 hits 1 earned run 2 walks 29 k’s.
Pitcher of the month looking good so far, lol.

jtkuch

Pitcher of the month on a team that only has 2 wins total halfway through – both on his starts – would be hilarious

robertkasperski

Whoop whoop!

jon6er

Mitch will be ready by Tuesday right 😏

PirateRican21

He needs to man up!

Wilbur Miller

In thinking about these two games by Keller, keep in mind, he probably would have had nearly as good a start in St. Pete if his defense hadn’t let him down.

PirateRican21

PirateRican21

I remember how to do it!

Last edited 20 days ago by PirateRican21
b mcferren

helmet was off his head at the moment the tag was applied

b mcferren

if Bednar k´s two dudes, we set a new Pirates all time record for strike outs in a game with 17

AdministrativeSky236

Done

b mcferren

1965 Veale and friends

AdministrativeSky236

Keller 6/70? Gets him to age 34 season and generational wealth. Pitchers are always an injury risk and gamble but could also be a steal and a half based on his last ~35 starts

Pedro_Power

If they can get him for 6 years for anywhere near 70M they need to get this deal done tonight.

melkel

I think it’s close to what it would take, maybe 5/60 with a club option for $15mil or a $5mil buyout. It gives a little insurance to both sides.

Wilbur Miller

I can’t figure the numbers. What I can figure is, now that we have a guy like this, can we just somehow not put him on a glide path to the Yankees?

PiratePrimate

More like 6/90

bucsws2014

Alacantra got 5/$56M, so AAV just over $11M. So that seems in the ballpark, although I’d think his agent would ask for more.

AdministrativeSky236

Not a bad comparison considering it looks like pretty similar amount of control remaining. Im sure we could spice it up with a nice option or some significant performance incentives

RAS TN

At this point and I think that Keller knows this, he is worth much more than that to the Pirates and probably the whole league…

phieralph

PirateRican21

Awesome!

chappy

I know it is asking a lot from this offense, but I feel like we need to add on a run or two, just to be sure…

AdministrativeSky236

I get some big feelings watching keller pound the zone with his whole arsenal, basically saying just come and try to hit it

PiratePrimate

If he’d knock down a hitter or two every couple innings I’d think I was watching Drysdale or Gibson

loehr22

This umpiring crew is the worst that I have seen all season.

chappy

This is the Mitch Keller we dreamed about 5 years ago.

AdministrativeSky236

Man what a story of resilience and a dude working his tail off

jon6er

That’s what impresses me the most.

AdministrativeSky236

Extend Keller

PirateRican21

Hey, that’s my line, wanted to wait until he was done to add all the Ks.
#ExtendKKKKKKKKKKKKKeller.

Wilbur Miller

Hello, Bob? You watching this? Bob??

PirateRican21

When was the last time that Reynolds homer, it feels like he hit the 5 he currently has in the first two weeks and none since…..

chappy

April 7th.

PirateRican21

Wow!

Jeff

Tomorrow not soon enough to send Palacios back to AAA

joebaseball

and Owings. and stop putting Hedges in the line-up. let him catch bullpens.

PiratePrimate

Now have Keller just dominate like the Cy Young candidate that he is.

Wilbur Miller

This is starting to look like the year Steve Carlton won 27 for the last-place Phillies. They played like a really good team when he pitched and like little leaguers the rest of the time.

PiratePrimate

I loved Steve Carlton. Somebody asked him how he threw his slider and he responded, “I don’t know. I just grip like that and throw the shit out of it.”

PiratePrimate

i think that team lost a hundred games. The Pirates are a lot better than that Phillies team. I hope

Last edited 20 days ago by PiratePrimate
jon6er

For some reason they only played 156 games that year finishing 59-97. They may have reached 100 losses if they played those other 6 games, lol.

robertkasperski

PiratePrimate

Good throw nails him. I have to watch Hedges hit 3-4 times a game and watch those kinds of throws to 2nd? BS!

Last edited 20 days ago by PiratePrimate
PiratePrimate

PiratePrimate is an idiot savant who somehow makes bad players better by bad mouthing them.

melkel

I’m there with ya. Connor Scott a couple days ago, Hedges to start this thread.

PirateRican21

phieralph

Please God.

robertkasperski

just hope he goes out and pitches well and gives them a chance, Doesn’t have to be perfect like last time just a quality start.

PirateRican21

Whole lot of pressure on Keller, I think that’s good, let’s see how he reacts.

PiratePrimate

If he’s going to be our #1 , he has to stop slides and keep us from getting swept. It’s part of the job description

melkel

I kinda like the lineup today (other than Hedges).

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