Going in to the 2009 season, the pitcher I least trusted in the rotation was Zach Duke. Duke ended up surprising a lot of people with his 2009 performance, putting up a 4.06 ERA in 213 innings. Heading in to 2010, that performance was enough to have Duke mentioned as one of the top pitchers in the Pirates' rotation, which led to a lot of disappointment from his struggles this year.
So far this season Duke has a 5.47 ERA in 138.1 innings of work, which is just under his career worst of a 5.53 ERA in 2007. Due to the poor performance, including the bad outing last night, Duke is in danger of being non-tendered this off-season. Dejan Kovacevic talked about this in his game story from last night:
Duke, now 7-13 with a 5.47 ERA, is beginning to make a case that he is the worst regular-turn starting pitcher in Major League Baseball: His losses are tied for fifth most among all pitchers with 120 or more innings, his ERA is the second hig...
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