Looking at the Pirates Rotation Through 18 Games

April 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (53) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at PNC Park. The Colorado Rockies won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pirates have eight wins early on in this 2012 season and they have the rotation to thank for all of them. No starter has given up more than three runs in an outing and together they have a 2.59 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9. You can’t ask for much more than that from your rotation and it is a bit disappointing that the team doesn’t have a better record because of it. Regardless, let’s take a close look at what each pitcher has done this year, start-by-start.

Erik Bedard – 2.63 ERA

4/5: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
4/11: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
4/16: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
4/22: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K

James McDonald – 2.78 ERA

4/8: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
4/13: 5.2 IP,  6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
4/18: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
4/25: 7 ip, 1 h, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Kevin Correia – 2.00 ERA

4/10: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
4/15: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
4/24: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Charlie Morton – 2.65 ERA

4/14: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB,  2 K
4/20: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
4/25: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Jeff Karstens – 4.50 ERA

4/7: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
4/12: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
4/17: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

A.J. Burnett – 0.00 ERA

4/21: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Obviously it’s going to be very hard for these guys to keep it going, but if they do stay near this level all season it’s going to be an entertaining summer with this team.

Topics: A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton, Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia

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