Phillies: Breaking down the five starters in the rotation

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 07: Starting pitcher Nick Pivetta #43 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Nick Pivetta

Righty Nick Pivetta is occasionally the victim of no run support, amongst other pitchers throughout the big league. Despite the no run support, Pivetta has still found himself in a good season so far.

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In the month of May, the Canada-native finished with a 3-2 record. In five games started, he was able to rack up 33 strikeouts while only allowing nine runs. Six of those runs came in his first start of the month against the Nationals.

However, June hasn’t been his month so far. In two starts, Nick Pivetta is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA. On his June 7 start in Chicago, Pivetta allowed four earned runs on six hits in five complete innings.

Pivetta can also be found occasionally high in a pitch count in early innings – something that has always been the case with Pivetta. On the bright side, it is happening far less often this year.

NICK PIVETTA. A-. The twenty-five year old is currently playing in his second big league season for the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first season (2017), he finished the season with a 8-10 record. Things have been turning around this season, as he is on pace to rack up 170 strikeouts this season.. Starting Pitcher. Philadelphia Phillies

Even though Pivetta has not been strong in June so far, his overall numbers this season are much better compared to last year. He has a 3.76 ERA and 4.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 starts.

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Pivetta is slowly becoming the team’s third-best starter behind Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. If your third-best starter pitches like this, something is going right for you.

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