The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have 18 pitchers on the active roster due to September callups, a number that doesn't count Paul Maholm or Kevin Correia, who are both on the 60-day disabled list and out for the 2011 season.  Throughout the 2011 season the Pirates' pitching staff has set the tone.  When they were competing, it was because the pitching staff was constantly going six or more innings with two or fewer runs.  When they started falling apart, it was because the pitching staff started coming back to earth.

Some of the late season struggles were just a natural regression. Some of the struggles were due to starters surpassing their previous season's innings limits.  Some of the struggles were due to injuries.  I talked a few weeks ago about the 2012 rotation, pointing out that ...

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