The Pirates were defeated 5-2 by the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 18. Brubaker pitched 5.2 innings for Pittsburgh, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters.
What happened in the Midwest? In short, Brubaker took a beating.
Thirteen different balls were hit at speeds of 100 miles per hour or higher between the two clubs. Ten of the 13 came off the bat of a Cardinal from St. Louis.
Nine of the ten were JT Brubaker offerings. Not all of those hard-hit balls ended up becoming base hits, as is typically the case.
Harrison Bader’s 110.1 mph groundball became a normal groundout. Four singles, a double, and a home run were the only hits.
JTJ Brubaker’s inability to miss bats or, at the very least, the fat section of bats — was the source of his problems. The Pirate starter has a CSW percentage of 29.6 percent this season.
This number was 22 percent against the Cardinals. To break it down further, JT Brubaker has a whiff percentage of 26.4 percent this season, whereas, in St. Louis, batters whiffed only 19 percent of the time.
How Much Does JT Brubaker Make?
JT Brubaker earns an annual salary of $725,000.