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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Had Some Amazing Starting Pitching Depth

First Pitch: The Pirates Have Had Some Amazing Starting Pitching Depth

Jeanmar Gomez is one of 10 starting pitchers the Pirates have used this year. Photo Credit: David Hague

Earlier today I was recording a podcast with James Santelli and Tom Bragg, talking about the rotation, and what moves would need to be made once guys like Jeanmar Gomez, James McDonald, and Wandy Rodriguez returned. Most of the conversation surrounded the fact that the Pirates were about to have too many starters for the rotation. A few hours later, I was writing an article wondering who the Pirates could use to start Saturday's game.

That's been the story of the year for the Pirates. One moment it looks like they're on the verge of some difficult decisions with the rotation. The next moment, they barely have enough starters to fill the rotation. They've seen nine starters miss time this year with injuries between the majors and Triple-A.

Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano, and Charlie Morton started out on the disabled list. For anyone who was complaining early in the year ab...

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