Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced Sunday that Brandon Cumpton would be joining the rotation for Monday's start against the New York Mets at Citi Field replacing the now-cut Wandy Rodriguez.
Cumpton, a ninth-round pick by the Pirates in the 2010 draft, has a 4.26 ERA in two starts with the team this season. His career numbers with the Bucs include a 2.76 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. He was very effective during the 2013 season when he was called on for a string of spot starts, ending up with a shiny 2.05 ERA. He is also 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2014
Rodriguez, the Pirates highest-paid player entering the season, was a disaster on the mound. His fastball velocity dropped into the upper-80's while his trademark breaking ball was getting tattooed by hitters. For the season, he was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA after posting ERA's of 3.72 and 3.59 in his first two partial seasons with the Pirates.
Cumpton will face Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who is 0-2 with a 2.77 ERA.
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