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Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately

Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by their starting pitching all year. The reason the starting pitching has been able to carry the team all year has been due to depth, with the assist going to the defensive shifts that have kept the numbers down for everyone. But defensive shifts can only do so much, and they can't do anything if you don't have a good foundation of pitching to work with.

We're getting to the end of the 2013 season, and about to enter the final stretch of the playoff push. The Pirates currently have a one game lead in the NL Central. In eight days, rosters will expand, giving the Pirates a chance to bring up more of their starting pitching depth. That depth might be coming at the perfect time too.

Yesterday we heard the news that Wandy Rodriguez would visit Dr. James Andrews. It's not a guarantee, but this could mean that he's done for the season. Last night Jeff Locke struggled for his second straight start, after putting up a series of average starts afte...

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