The 41-year-old Fassero has not pitched well this season, going 2-8 with a 5.91 ERA in 31 appearances, including 10 starts. He hit rock bottom Sunday in Cincinnati as the Reds pounded him for a career-high 11 runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings of Colorado’s 14-7 loss.
“I was terrible,” said Fassero, who has a 115-116 career record. “I couldn’t locate and my mechanics hurt me when I dropped down too much on my delivery.”
Fassero is 0-2 with a 14.40 ERA over his last two starts. He’s allowed 16 runs and 20 hits in 10 innings over that span.
Pittsburgh had won four straight before getting shut out by Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Thursday. Schmidt, a former Pirate, pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts for his NL-leading 15th win.
Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong, who was involved in the deal that sent Schmidt to Pittsburgh, lasted only five innings and has not won a home game since he beat Philadelphia on opening day. He allowed three runs and six hits, walking four and striking out three.
Pittsburgh hopes Kip Wells can get it back on track against the Rockies.
Wells was brilliant in his last start Saturday, yielding one run and four hits with five strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings of Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The right-hander has a 2.76 ERA over his last seven starts.