Saturday night, the meat grinder that is the Dodgers' lineup roughed up Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove for six runs on 10 hits in five innings (LAD 7, PIT 2). He threw 84 pitches. That happened one day after opener Michael Feliz surrendered five runs and recorded one out. It has been a rough weekend for Pittsburgh's rotation.
The Pirates are currently without Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams, ostensibly their two best starters coming into the season. Taillon has been sidelined with a flexor strain since May 4, and his recent transfer to the 60-day injured list means he is not eligible to return until July 3. Williams has a side strain and has yet to resume throwing. He is still weeks away.
As a result, the Pirates have used an opener twice in the last four games — Montana DuRapau allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Rockies on Wednesday — with Nick Kingham (8.76 ERA) and Steven Brault (7.11 ERA) following as the "bulk" innings guy. Pittsburgh will reportedly call up top prospect Mitch Keller to start one game of its doubleheader Monday.