2012 in Review: Starting Pitching

Veteran A.J. Burnett was a mentor for James McDonald and the starting rotation.

The Pirates’ starting rotation once again carried the team into July with a winning record, only to falter in the second half.

The top six starters in 2012:

Wins Losses ERA IP
A.J. Burnett 16 10 3.51 202.1
James McDonald 12 8 4.21 171.0
Kevin Correia 12 11 4.21 171.0
Erik Bedard 7 14 5.01 125.2
Jeff Karstens 5 4 3.97 90.2
Wandy Rodriguez 5 4 3.72 75.0

Other pitchers to make starts: Charlie Morton, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson.

*Note that Correia and J-Mac have identical ERAs and innings pitched. McDonald also finished with the exact same ERA and innings pitched as he did 2011.

If you just looked at these numbers, you’d think that the starting pitching did a fairly decent job.  The weird thing about the Pirates’ starters this year this that they were so dominant for the first four months of the season that when they fell apart in August and September, the numbers pretty much evened out.  As a whole, though, this staff was much better than expected.  A.J. was unreal, Wandy came in at the trade deadline and was solid, J-Mac was one of the top pitchers through July, and Karstens continued to get better despite missing a large chunk of the season.  There are still a few uncertainties heading into 2013, but the starting pitching shouldn’t be a huge concern next year.

Pirates make plethora of moves

First, the Bucs announced that Kevin Correia will be making the start tonight in San Diego. Dejan Kovacevic reported that Correia volunteered to make the start despite pitching in relief yesterday.

Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson were both recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. They’ll most likely help in relief tonight, as the bullpen was well-worked in yesterday’s 19 inning affair.

In the corresponding moves, Juan Cruz was designated for assignment and Jordy Mercer went on paternity leave. It was rumored that Chad Qualls was coming off the bereavement list but that apparently is not the case. That move may come after the game or tomorrow when either McPherson or Wilson goes back to the minors. Cruz is a better option out of the ‘pen than Qualls, but apparently the Pirates don’t think so.

Series preview is HERE.

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Pitching Strong, Hitting Weak for Bucs

The Pirates lineup has struggled all season long, and not surprisingly, they are near the bottom of every offensive category. However, the pitching staff has been one of the best in the leagues, and is keeping them in ballgames. Despite the abysmal hitting, the Bucs are just a few games under the .500 mark. Here’s a look at how good pitching can be more beneficial than good hitting.

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Kevin Correia Guarantees a Homer

Avid Pirates fan and ballhawk Zac Weiss was fortunate enough to attend the “Bowling with the Bucs” event on Sunday evening. He sent us a few tweets that really caught our eye:

Kevin Correia faces off against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Thursday night… and claims that he will go deep on him. Zac added that Correia kept a sneaky sense of humor all night long and kept the fans laughing. Still, it’s interesting for him to guarantee such a thing since Strasburg can really light up the radar gun.

We’ll have more from Zac and the “Bowling with the Bucs” event in the coming days, so check back for that. Hopefully Correia will keep his guarantee and bring the Bucs a victory on Thursday vs. Strasburg and the Nats.

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