ST. PETERSBURG - Between his time in college and his time in the minors, JT Brubaker earned a reputation as a big game pitcher.
Opening day starts. Championship games.
Now, he finds himself in the majors, where every game is a big game.
This is Brubaker's third year as a starter in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation. In 15 starts so far, he has a 4.14 ERA, which is the best mark of his career, and in line with his career xFIP.
While covering the Pirates/Rays series last weekend, I had a chance to see Brubaker put up a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings. Brubaker did a great job of limiting damage and preventing things from spiraling out of control.
That's what you'd expect from someone who showed a calm demeanor in the highest pressure situations in the minors....
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