I was asked this morning on Twitter how the pitching staff would look on July 1st. The recent starts by Jeff Locke, the eventual returns of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton, and the possibility of Gerrit Cole arriving mid-season make that an impossible question to answer. That's especially true when you consider that anything could happen between now and then. Pitchers could get injured, they could stop performing well, or in a "this is a good problem to have" worst-case scenario, everyone will be performing and the Pirates will have more pitchers than spots.
Before even thinking about the long-term moves with this pitching staff, you'd have to think about the short-term moves. Even those are hard to predict, although it's much easier looking ahead two weeks than it is looking ahead...
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