As noted by many of you all season long, you really hate what has become of the role of starting pitchers. Some of you primarily watch the Pirates so the ire stopped with disliking Derek Shelton’s handling of the pitching staff. Some of you have looked a little deeper and come to understand it was a farther reaching change in the game itself.
There is a lot of sentiment that the Pirates are way too quick to pull starting pitchers. They are, but I think you’ll find this interesting.
Sure, sure, they could still sign a guy. There are still options out there, but let’s be honest, even if they get one of them, it’s going to be a vet who at best slots in to the back of the rotation and eats some innings.
I know, I know, it’s incredibly early for this, but I believe we can do this anyway. Couple reasons, first I feel fairly confident that if they bring in a starter, it won’t be a better option than what is currently here, and on top of that I don’t see the Pirates making a whole lot of moves this off-season to the starting pitching.