Continuing with the VSL season wrap-up, on the pitching side of things the Pirates finished 2nd in the league in ERA, just 0.04 behind the 2nd place Mariners. They allowed the fewest walks (202) and had the best WHIP in the VSL, but finished next to last in strikeouts. They used 19 different pitchers (as opposed to just 16 position players) and 9 pitchers made starts. Even though they had a pretty steady five man rotation, they had a lot of rainouts, hence a lot of doubleheaders, and they needed fill-ins every so often.
The teams best starter was Orlando Castro. A first year player from Honduras who came with a record of dominating the subpar competition in his home country, Castro led all the regular starters in ERA (1.17) and WHIP (...
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