Lincoln is on a hot streak, but how do the Pirates fit him in the rotation?
Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help? At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he'd be an obvious upgrade. Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him. However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation.
The rotation currently has combined for a 4.14 ERA, not counting today's start by James McDonald, and counting Ross Ohlendorf's two starts early in the year. That's a huge turnaround from last year. In fact, by this time last year, the Pirates had already used eight different players as starters. This year they've only used six, and the only reason it's been six is because of Ohlendorf's injury.
That's obviously a good thing. At the same time, it does provide an issue that we haven't seen in Pittsburg...
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