When the Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Brandon Cumpton yesterday, I was a bit surprised. Cumpton has pitched well in both of his starts this season, along with his time in Triple-A, and his time in the majors last year. There seemed to be no reason to send him down. Then I took a look at the schedule, and realized that the Pirates could get by with four starters for most of the month of May.
I don't know if this is why Cumpton was sent down. I don't know if they're planning on going with the following schedule. But the following is an option, allowing the Pirates to go most of this month with just a four man rotation, along with two spot starts.
May 5th - Jeff Locke. Clint Hurdle announced this today, and I'm guessing Locke will only be up for a spot start.
May 6th - Charlie Morton (Announced)
May 7th - Francisco Liriano (Announced)
May 8th - OFF
From this point forward, all starters are probable, and ordered in a way where the Pirates would only need four starters.
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