Comments on: Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:06:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Randy Linville Tue, 08 May 2012 03:38:00 +0000 On the strikeout thing, the Bucs are also the only team with two starters in the bottom 10 in K/9 among chuckers with three starts – Karstens and Correia. The question is can the Pirates gain an advantage by having a hard thrower followed by a soft tosser and then another hard thrower in their rotation, like the 1986 Mets tried to do by tossing Ojeda and his slop right before or right after the hard stuff from Gooden and Fernandez? I’m wondering if there has been a study done on setting a rotation in a manner like that? Is it better to bunch all the hard throwers together? Or is it better to mix them up with the guys who can’t break a pane of glass with their heater?

The overall result is that the Pirates starters are middle of the pack in K/9 overall (10th in the NL and 16th in MLB) because they have two guys near the top, two guys near the bottom and two guys in between.