The first half of the season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates use 11 starting pitchers. The reason the number was so high was largely due to injuries. Out of the 11 pitchers who have made starts this year for the Pirates, 7 have missed time due to injuries. The guys who have stayed healthy are Jeff Locke (not counting his recent lower back tightness which caused him to miss his last start and the All-Star game), Gerrit Cole, Brandon Cumpton, and Jonathan Sanchez. Cole and Cumpton arrived in June when the injury list became too populated, and Sanchez is one of the few starting pitchers who has been horrible this year.
The Pirates have been extremely lucky so far this year. Every time they run into a situation where they are faced with a four man rotation, someone returns from an injury. The majority of the replacements have been performing well, leaving the Pirates in a situation where they haven't been without five performing starting pitchers since Jonathan Sanchez left.
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