Yesterday I looked at the average production around the majors from each spot in the rotation.  To recap, the numbers from each spot:

League Average

#1: 3.10 ERA

#2: 3.61 ERA

#3: 4.15 ERA

#4: 4.62 ERA

#5: 5.69 ERA

Average of the Top 15 Rotations

#1: 2.84 ERA

#2: 3.31 ERA

#3: 3.73 ERA

#4: 4.20 ERA

#5: 5.41 ERA

Average of the Bottom 15 Rotations

#1: 3.37 ERA

#2: 3.91 ERA

#3: 4.56 ERA

#4: 5.03 ERA

#5: 5.97 ERA

Range for Each Spot

#1: 3.36 ERA or less

#2: 3.36 - 3.88 ERA

#3: 3.88 - 4.38 ERA

#4: 4.38 - 5.15 ERA

#5: 5.15 ERA or greater

Today we will use those results to see what the Pittsburgh Pirates have in their rotation for the 2011 season.

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