The Pittsburgh Pirates had a good week, going 4-2 in the six games they played. Jeanmar Gomez was the star of the week, mostly for taking the ball on Tuesday as a replacement for the injured James McDonald. In that game, he pitched five scoreless innings and struck out five against the Seattle Mariners, picking up the win.
A spot start is a tough thing for a pitcher because they are so used to a routine. If you come to the ballpark thinking you will be able to chill for a while because you are in the bullpen and then find out you are starting, it can throw you off. Gomez dealt with it like a pro and that is sure to leave a good impression on manager Clint Hurdle.
Gomez pitched again on Sunday and again went five innings. This time, he allowed one run to the New York Mets on a home run from Lucas Duda. He left the game with a one-run lead that the bullpen would eventually give up, but the offense rallied for a Pirates’ win.
The way that Gomez is pitching, he may keep his spot in the rotation even when McDonald returns. He does need to work on going deeper into games but for right now, the Pirates are taking it easy on him as he transitions from the bullpen. The Pirates may soon have an excess of starting pitchers, which is a dilemma any team would love to have.