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Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work

Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work

The Pirates don't just have to worry about Cole's Super 2 status but also his innings count. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates' rotation situation will probably work itself out. The discussion about Gerrit Cole potentially returning to Triple-A so the Pirates will have six starters available is just this week's version of Pittsburgh's least exciting game show: What Should The Pirates Do With Their Rotation?

In previous episodes, the correct answer was: Someone Gets Hurt. Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez leave a game after one inning or fewer. A.J. Burnett pulls up while running in the outfield. Jeff Karstens suffered a Karstens. Injuries happen to pitchers.

What we don't know exactly is why pitchers get injured so often or if the rate of injuries can be reduced. In 2002, Rany Jazayerli studied the differences between four-man and five-man rotations, which became popular in the 1970s. One of his conclusions: "pitching in a four-man rotation is less damaging than pitching...

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