Can James McDonald Be More Like the First Half Pitcher From 2012?

Can James McDonald Be More Like the First Half Pitcher From 2012?

Can James McDonald be more like the first half pitcher from 2012? (Photo by Mark Olson)

Last night James McDonald got off to a great start for the 2013 season. The right-hander pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. McDonald didn't always look as good as the stat line. In the early innings he looked a bit shaky, but the Cubs didn't capitalize on anything. Soon enough he settled down, taking away any opportunity for Chicago.

Probably one of the biggest questions for the Pirates this year is which James McDonald will show up? Last year he had two completely different seasons. In the first half he looked like a Cy Young contender. He had a 2.37 ERA in 110 innings, with a 100:31 K/BB ratio. In the second half he looked like a guy who bel...

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