MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – APRIL 25: Wil Crowe # 29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first innings of the game at Target Field on April 25, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien / Getty Images)
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Saturday morning fans learned what the pitching matchup will look like when the Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon
Prior to the start of the three-game series this weekend between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates did not have a starting pitcher for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Cardinals had listed veteran Adam Wainwright as their scheduled starter.
Now we know who will start for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon. After Wainwright was added to the list of COVID-19 injured parties on Friday, the Cardinals announced their replacement for him.
Righty Wil Crowe will kick off the Pirates on Sunday afternoon, while the Cardinals are now planning to send Righty Carlos Martínez up the hill.
Wil Crowe will start against Carlos Martínez tomorrow.
– Jake Crouse (@JakeCrouseMLB) May 1, 2021
This is Crowe’s second start to the season. His first start was a win over the Minnesota Twins last Sunday. In that start, Crowe only allowed 1 run with 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 rashes in 4 innings of work. Overall, Crowe has posted a 3.86 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 4 Batters, and 5 in 4.2 innings of work between his one start and one appearance from the bullpen this season.
With another strong start, Crowe could continue on its way into more starts with the Pirates. If Crowe continues to do well when Chad Kuhl returns from the IL, the struggling Mitch Keller could be the strange man instead of Crowe.
Martínez is the sixth start of the season for a unique Top 100 prospect. In his first 5 starts this season, Martínez has thrown 28.1 innings, run 5.9% of batters encountered, hit 14.4% and allowed home runs at a rate of 0.64 HR / 9. Righty, 29, has a 4.76 ERA and 3.74 FIP this season.