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First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013

First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013

A few years ago -- I don't remember the exact year -- I was reading an off-season article written by Pat Lackey at WHYGAVS. In the article, Pat talked about what he learned about the game the previous season. There was something about that concept that just clicked with me. Baseball is a pretty simple game at the core, but when you dig into the strategies involved, you start to see how complex the game can be. No matter how much I think I know about the game, I'm always learning more as time goes on. After reading Pat's article, I went into every off-season questioning what I learned the previous year.

It didn't take long for the big lesson to emerge in 2013. The Pirates saw a ton of early season injuries to their pitching staff, combined with a few poor performances. Jonathan Sanchez and James McDonald struggled. Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Burnett both dealt with injuries. They used 11 different starting pitchers during the first three months of the season. And yet the starting rotat...

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