Zach Duke has become the poster boy for Pittsburgh’s pitching struggles. The lefty has been a fixture in the team’s rotation since 2005, but a disastrous stretch since the beginning of August (44.1 innings pitched, 38 runs allowed) had the Pirates considering banishing him from the starting five.
One more win, and the best team in Curve history will claim its first Eastern League championship.
Emphasis on the word team.
There are two absolutely remarkable things happening in baseball this year … or anyway, I think they are remarkable.
1. The Seattle Mariners might be having the worst offensive season in baseball history … certainly in recent baseball history.
2. The Arizona Diamondbacks are definitely having the most fan-tastic season in baseball history.