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What Do the Pirates Have in Their 2011 Rotation?

What Do the Pirates Have in Their 2011 Rotation?

Yesterday I looked at the average production around the majors from each spot in the rotation.  To recap, the numbers from each spot:

League Average

#1: 3.10 ERA

#2: 3.61 ERA

#3: 4.15 ERA

#4: 4.62 ERA

#5: 5.69 ERA

Average of the Top 15 Rotations

#1: 2.84 ERA

#2: 3.31 ERA

#3: 3.73 ERA

#4: 4.20 ERA

#5: 5.41 ERA

Average of the Bottom 15 Rotations

#1: 3.37 ERA

#2: 3.91 ERA

#3: 4.56 ERA

#4: 5.03 ERA

#5: 5.97 ERA

Range for Each Spot

#1: 3.36 ERA or less

#2: 3.36 - 3.88 ERA

#3: 3.88 - 4.38 ERA

#4: 4.38 - 5.15 ERA

#5: 5.15 ERA or greater

Today we will use those results to see what the Pittsburgh Pirates have in their rotation for the 2011 season.

James McDonald

McDonald could be anywhere from an average #2 starter to an average #3 starter.

It's hard to predict what we will see from McDonald in 2011.  He was one of the best prospects in baseball heading in to the 2009 season, and was never really given a chance ...

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