Player A: 3.71 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9
Player B: 4.44 ERA, 5.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9
Player C: 3.77 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 86.0 IP
Player D: 6.25 ERA, 4.8 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 99.1 IP
Player E: 3.12 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 89.1 IP
What do all of the above players have in common? Spoiler alert: they're all Paul Maholm.
Player A is the 2008 version of Paul Maholm, putting up the 3.71 ERA in 206.1 innings, which earned him a three year extension and an option year with the Pirates. Player B is Maholm in 2009, the year after signing the extension. Player C is Maholm in 2010, through 14 starts, the same amount of starts he currently has in 2011. Player D is Maholm in the remainder of his starts during the 2010 season. Player E is his performance to date in 2011.
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