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The Pittsburgh Pirates: Feast or Famine and .500

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

One of the more perplexing conundrums this season has been the uneven start of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They don't look like a championship team, and yet they have been posting championship results—until recently at least.

Depending on the day, that isn't necessarily true of the won-loss record (which can be skewed earlier in the season by lucky wins or unlucky losses), but has generally been true of a league-leading ERA, and from time to time, impressive hitting statistics.

What gives? 

First, a look at the pitching. Taken as a group, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, and Ian Snell are not pitching better than last year, based on the number of walks, strikeouts, and home runs achieved (these a...

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