Pirates’ starting rotation strong as any in the National League

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Mar 5, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher

Francisco Liriano

(47) walks back to the dugout after he pitched the first inning against the New York Yankees at a spring training baseball game at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

So looking at the competition, do you see why you should be happy with the Pirates’ starting five?  If you’re not, you’re crazy.  We may not have the fancy big name talent like a Wainwright or a Kershaw but if you look up and down the rotation from 1 to 5, the Pirates are as strong or stronger than any other team in the National League.

So the argument that our rotation isn’t strong enough needs to stop.  If you have enough nerve to make the argument at least have enough self-respect to back it up with facts.

Because this year the eye-test isn’t good enough for Pirates fans.