STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Musgrove's June has been off-kilter to say the least.
After coming oh-so-close to misplacing a stitch on Josh Donaldson's jersey back on June 10 -- warranting an ejection, obviously -- the big right hander could not get anything going on his next start just three days later. Pitching on two days' rest, Musgrove could only last four innings of six-run ball.
The "Big Joe" that was seen throughout the season's first month was back on display in his next start, however, with seven strong innings giving the Pirates a much-needed boost.
Is the outing indicative of Musgrove being able to find his early-season level again after a month and change in the wilderness? With his importance to the club's fortunes, I felt it appropriate to take a deeper look at this start.