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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