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Joe Musgrove gave up 4 earned runs in 5.0 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Giants on Saturday. Musgrove struck out 7 and didn't walk any in the outing.
Musgrove struggled in his outing on Saturday, giving up 8 hits in his 5 innings of work. That being said, Musgrove continued to miss a lot of bats, and tallied 7 strikeouts against the Giants. Musgrove's 2-4 record is deceiving, as he has been one of the better pitchers in the NL so far in 2021. Despite the rough start on Saturday, Musgrove still boasts a 3.00 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and an elite K/BB ratio.
Joe Musgrove gave up 5 earned runs in 5 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Giants on Sunday. Musgrove struck out 6 and walked 2 in the outing.
Musgrove had his worst start of 2021 so far on Sunday afternoon. Musgrove gave up five earned runs in just five innings pitched. The start on Sunday brought Musgrove's numbers back down to Earth, as he now has a 2.38 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP. Musgrove has still been one of the best pitchers in the National League so far in 2021, and with the Padres' weak upcoming schedule, fantasy managers should continue starting him in his next few matchups.
Joe Musgrove gave up 2 earned runs in just 3 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Sunday. Musgrove struck out 4 and walked 2 in the outing.
It was a tough night for Musgrove, and the first time all year that he has struggled significantly in a start. Musgrove did only give up two earned runs, but in his three innings of work he walked two and gave up three hits. Musgrove still boasts a 1.55 ERA and 0.66 WHIP on the season, which is a testament to how good Musgrove has been in his four previous starts. Most of the teams the Padres will face in May have below average lineups, and Musgrove should get starts against the Giants, Cardinals, and Rockies. Musgrove has still been one of the best pitchers in baseball to this point in 2021, so fantasy managers shouldn't hesitate to start him in those matchups.
Joe Musgrove gave up 2 earned runs in 7 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Monday. Musgrove struck out 13 in the outing and walked 1.
Musgrove set a new career high in strikeouts on Monday with 13. Unfortunately for Musgrove, his offense provided him with very little run support and his 7 innings of good work resulted in a loss. Despite only being 2-2 on the season, Musgrove is off to a tremendous start in 2021. Through 4 starts he has posted a 1.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. It's worth noting that Musgrove hasn't faced a top level offense so far this season. He'll be tested seriously for the first time this weekend when he faces a potent Dodgers' lineup. Fantasy managers in leagues with daily lineup changes should take a good hard look at what they need in their weekly matchup before sticking Musgrove out there for his start in LA. Considering his start to the season, there's reason to be optimistic about Musgrove -- however, his start this weekend will go a long way in telling us if Musgrove has truly taken the next step in his career development.
Joe Musgrove gave up 1 earned run in 4 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. Musgrove struck out 6 and walked 2 in the outing.
There is no doubt that following up a no hitter is no easy task. That's what Musgrove attempted to do on Wednesday, as he returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since being traded to the Padres in the offseason. Musgrove struggled with his command for the first time this season, giving up 2 walks in his 4 innings of work. Musgrove's command issues led to a high pitch count, which resulted in him being pulled after just 4 innings of work. It's possible manager Jayce Tingler was monitoring Musgrove's work load after throwing 112 pitches in the no-hit effort last week. Despite Musgrove's short outing, he is still off to a fast start this season. Musgrove is walking less batters in 2021 than he has in the past and it seems to be paying off, considering his strikeout to walk ratio is currently the best of his career. His command on Wednesday was a bit of a step back, but fantasy managers should still be starting him in his next matchup against the Brewers.