The Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn't be here today without their pitching. The team has been successful this year due to pitching and defense making up for an offense that can be weak and streaky at times. The amazing thing about that pitching staff is how cheap they have come. Most of the starting pitchers have been reclamation projects who were coming off down years, and bounced back once they came to Pittsburgh. The bullpen guys were either struggling starters in the minors, or guys who had low values with other teams.

"I think one of Neal Huntington's strengths is in the pitching compartment of the game, a great reader and evaluator on pitchers," Clint Hurdle said to the media today. "So from the selection process, the acquire process, I do believe we've got a program built up throughout...

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