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James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club's ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he wasn't chosen to pitch in the All-Star game for the National League. But the version that has been on the bump since the break has been nothing of what we've seen prior.

The numbers are alarming. After getting shelled for a season-high seven earned runs on Friday night at PNC Park -- a place where he's excelled for just a 2.15 ERA over 11 starts prior -- McDonald has now allowed more runs (30) over 31.0 innings in the second half, than he did combined in the first part of the...

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