Friday, May 10, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, May 10, 2024 -- "Field of Skenes"


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Across 24 hours these next two days, then, the Pirates will be putting their future on the field. Jones has been one of the breakout stars of the early season, with a 2.63 ERA and a ridiculous 52/5 K/BB in his first seven career starts. He goes tonight against the Cubs, then Skenes follows him. For at least the next two months or so, until the Pirates put the brakes on the two pitchers, the Pirates are going to do what very few teams do these days -- start ace-caliber pitchers in back-to-back games. Skenes and Jones could be the 1-2 punch every team desperately wants to develop.