Maholm has been good this year, but he's not this good.
One of the big concerns I've had with the makeup of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been the starting pitching. The rotation has been the strong point of the team this year. Pirates' starters have the 8th best ERA in the league, at a combined 3.58. Four of their five starters have ERAs of 3.80 or better. The leaders are Jeff Karstens, with a 2.55 ERA, and Paul Maholm, with a 3.08 ERA. Since the end of April, three Pirates starters have ERAs under 3.00. Those starters are Jeff Karstens (2.29), Paul Maholm (2.79), and James McDonald (2.95). In that same time period, Kevin Correia has a 3.86 ERA, and Charlie Morton has a 3.99 ERA.
The above shows that the Pirates pitching staff has been tremendous. The pitching is a big reason they have been 35-30 since that last week in April. The problem is, ERA isn't the best indicator of future success. It shows how good a pitcher has been in the past, but it doesn't show two ...
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