The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates Address

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Starting Pitching

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Staff Ace: Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff has seen better days. As many expected, the rotation has been inconsistent and not up to par with the Bucco staff’s that we’ve grown used to seeing over the past five years. At this point, the Bucs do not have a true lockdown ”ace”, but I’d say Francisco Liriano has been the closest thing to it . Franky currently carries a record of 3-1 and he  the team in ERA with a mark of 3.60, as well as in strikeouts with 39, sporting a K/9 rate of 10.0 to boot. Frankie’s last two starts have been especially good, and hopefully, they are a sign of things to come for the rest of 2016.