After Another Bad Outing, Nick Pivetta Optioned to Lehigh Valley

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Well, that escalated quickly.

After only four starts, Nick Pivetta has been bumped from the Phillies starting rotation.

Jerad Eickhoff is expected to take his place.

Pivetta has been, well, terrible this season, but I thought given the considerable expectations the Phillies had for him during spring training that they would give him the month of April to get things figured out. Guess not. It’s hard to blame them for pulling the plug on a guy who has allowed an obscene 39 baserunners and 17 earned runs in only 18.1 IP.

He did not pitch into the sixth inning in any of his four starts. That just won’t get it done.

After being staked to a 10-0 first inning lead last night, Pivetta labored, needing 100 pitches to complete only five innings. He once again lacked command, and when he was in the zone, he was hit hard. He continues to be fat with his fastball and appears to have absolutely no confidence in what had previously been a formidable breaking pitch.

The Phillies have to hope Pivetta gathers himself in Lehigh Valley with the pressure and weight of those aforementioned expectations now off his shoulders.  A workable changeup would help, too.

I sense that most people have checked out on him at this point, and I know that almost nobody wants to hear this, but the raw talent is still there. Maybe he gets things straightened out with the Iron Pigs and works his way back to Philadelphia later this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does.

As for Eickhoff, he was impressive in his season debut with the Phillies last night, tossing four scoreless innings while striking out six to earn the save. They don’t need Eickhoff to wow, but they do need him to provide some consistency and pitch competitive innings deeper into games. He will likely get his first shot to demonstrate he’s the man for the job on Sunday afternoon in Colorado.

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11 Responses

  1. This morning, one of your writers stated that pivetta had a good outing, and now the headline of this article states that he had a bad outing.
    Nice consistency.

  2. Two posts down: “As for the pitching, Nick Pivetta had a good outing, going five innings and giving up three runs off seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Nothing stunning but it’ll do.” Kind of confusing to me since giving up 3 runs over 5 innings isn’t bad. It’s not great but it’s also not like he just gave the game back to the Mets after that first inning. Stupid move.

    1. Three runs over five innings isn’t bad? That’s an average of just under 6 runs per 9. Yea I’m sure the offense that would have to put up 7 runs a game behind him will agree

      1. Other writers can give their opinion. Mine is different. Not confusing.

        Staked with a 10 run first inning lead, a guy showing no command or efficiency, lasting only five innings is not a good start. The line isn’t good and it’s clear he’s lost right now. He needs to go down and see if he can figure it out.

        1. Our man Wanks, unlike Kevy, has the fortitude to state an opinion. Let him operate

        2. I was responding to Hextall’s Glasses. I don’t know who made the statement initially, I was just stating that it was dumb. I do agree with your take 100% that he is awful right now.

  3. His FIP from last year indicated a breakout season this year. I thought the big innings pitched last year was going to be a string board. I think he still has it in him

  4. Good. Never been a fan. He doesn’t pitch angry. Dude was all about Polanco hitting a cycle off of him (at least 3 of the hits were) a couple weeks back. That’s tee-ball mentality.

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