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There’s a lot to love about Paul Skenes.

The rookie phenom is living up to the billing as last year’s No. 1 overall pick, pitching to a 2.25 ERA through three starts.

Baseball’s top pitching prospect also tossed six no-hit innings last week before getting taken out due to a high pitch count, and he’s striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings.

Skenes was on the bump at his Pittsurgh Pirates’ PNC Park for the second time on Thursday (he pitched at Wrigley Field in that no-hit bid), and Skenes Fever is more than alive.

In his MLB debut, the Pirates crowd was raucous, and in this go-around, fans filled the stands with faux mustaches to copy the man on the mound.

The broadcast team was interviewing a young fan in the stands, mustache draped, when he was asked what his “favorite thing” is about the big righty.

He cheated and gave two answers.

“His mustache and Livvy Dunne!”


Skenes, of course, dates the gymnast, as the two both attended LSU. Skenes was the ace of the Tigers who won last year’s College World Series, while Dunne herself won a national title earlier this year.

Paul Skenes and Olivia Dunne pose on PNC Park field


The pitcher dubbed their relationship a “small world type of thing.”

Dunne has grown quite a following over the years, boasting millions of followers on social media and even earning a spot as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit crew.

Skenes allowed one earned run in six innings of work on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. His ERA is only at that number because in his MLB debut, relievers allowed inherited runners to score, charging them to Skenes. 

Liv Dunne posing with trophy

However, only two runners have crossed home plate with the 6’6″ pitcher on the mound.

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