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Latest example of Bucs' bumbling bats

For several seasons now, and probably beyond that, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a bad habit of making poor pitchers look like Cy Young Award candidates.

The latest example was Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe sent David Huff to the mound and won the first game of a three-game series.

Huff entered the game with a 2-2 record and a 7.09 record. All he did was shut down the Pirates for eight innings, giving up just four hits.

Here's a look at some other pitchers and what they did to the Bucs this season:

  • Bronson Arroyo pitched eight shutout innings on May 1. That lowered his ERA to 4.91. His ERA today is 5.16.
  • Brian Moehler pitched a complete game against the Pirates on May 29. He gave up one run. His ERA after that game was 6.43.
  • On May 31, Mike Hampton dominated the Bucs, giving up one run in seven innings. He had a 5.07 ERA after that gem.
  • Glen Perkins picked his second win of the season June 16. He had a 5.04 ERA after giving up two runs in six innings.
There are problems with the Bucs, for sure. But one thing they need to address going forward is beating up on the weak pitchers of the league instead of being shut down.

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