PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams continued to falter on the mound in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader at PNC Park, allowing all six runs the Cardinals needed to beat the Pirates, 6-5.
It was another installment of the worst stretch of his career, allowing at least five runs in each of his last five starts. Five of his runs allowed Friday were earned, along with seven hits, two home runs and plenty of hard contact allowed.
He is now 1-8 with a 6.70 ERA on the season. Williams has been reworking some aspects of his throwing motion and arm action, and while he has seen some positives come from it, it has not translated into results.
Williams has faith in the work he is doing. The question is do the Pirates have the same faith. Williams is under team control for two years, and was part of the Aug. 31 trade rumors.
Derek Shelton reaffirmed last week that he will not lose a rotation spot this year. That doesn’t guarantee anything for the future, though, in either the rotation or with the team.
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