PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are on a pretty incredible run when it comes to their starting pitchers.

Since the beginning of the 2017 season, they’ve used just six, with Trevor Williams covering Jameson Taillon’s absence due to cancer treatment and then taking over for Tyler Glasnow.

That means that Gerrit Cole (20), Ivan Nova (19) and Chad Kuhl (19) are all in the top 50 in games started in the majors.

Nova has been stellar for most of the season and Cole has worked through some rough patches while constantly going deep into games. Kuhl has gotten better as the season went on and all three are on pace to pitch near or exceed their career highs in innings.

But manager Clint Hurdle sees the experience as far more of a positive than a negative.

“What I’m most optimistic about is t...

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