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First Pitch: Pirates Have Solved One of This Year’s Biggest Problems

First Pitch: Pirates Have Solved One of This Year’s Biggest Problems

I've had a lot of campaigns this year when it comes to the Pirates. Jeff Locke will regress. Charlie Morton deserves to be in the rotation. Francisco Liriano is the ace of the staff. Jeanmar Gomez has The Will to Win. But the one that has held the biggest significance to the Pirates' standings has been their inability to hit left-handers. Well, that and Jeanmar Gomez and his #TWTW. All year I've pointed out that the Pirates had horrible results against lefties, thanks in large part to three positions that could have benefitted from a platoon, or an everyday player.

Tonight we got a chance to see what happens when you put a lefty crushing lineup against a left-handed starter.

The Opponent: Tom Gorzelanny

He's not the best starter, with a 4.57 ERA in 43.1 innings prior to tonight's outing, although he does have a 3.37 xFIP, so he's been a bit unlucky. His ERA in relief has been dominant, and he has cut down on the walks in the rotation, so there's no reason why he should be doin...

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