It is no secret that the Pirates’ starting rotation has held the team back all season. The Pirates have scored 370 runs, fifth in Major League Baseball. But they have allowed 414 runs, second-highest in the league. The starters have played a large part in that number, with a 5.41 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. They are last in the league in both categories.
Now things are going to get really ugly. The Pirates have sent Phil Dumatrait to the disabled list, and now Ian Snell is having his elbow examined after feeling discomfort during yesterday’s game. If Snell can’t pitch this weekend, there will be two rotation slots that need filled. John Van Benschoten would be the best option, but even he is a question mark after leaving his last minor league start with an injury. And JVB has shown in the past that he is not a capable Major League starter. After him, the options look worse and worse.
The Pirates are going to be in big trouble unless Neal Huntington can add a low-cost arm through a trade or waiver claim. Maybe he can find another Phil Dumatrait.