Stretching Wandy Rodriguez out in the majors would be unconventional, but might be the best option. (Photo by: David Hague)

Now that rosters have expanded, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of starting options. The problem is that they only have three rotation spots that look to be locked down at the moment.

Francisco Liriano has been fantastic this year, with the occasional bad start mixed in. The strange thing about Liriano is that he's lights out when the Pirates are on a losing streak heading into his start, but he struggles when the Pirates are on a winning streak. That said, Liriano is no concern.

A.J. Burnett has had some rough starts in the last month, but his rotation spot is safe. Any disappointment with him comes from the fact that he's expected to be a top of the rotat...

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