Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/6/12
When discussing Erik Bedard at various points over the last eight months, every conversation always comes back to his raw talent level. When the Pirates signed him this winter it was important because the rotation that they had last year was adequate, but it very rarely dominated a game from start to finish. When discussing whether to remove him or Kevin Correia from the rotation after trading for Wandy Rodriguez, most people defaulted to Bedard because his best games are simply better than the best that someone like Kevin Correia can muster. The problem is that we, as Pirate fans, haven't seen the best of Bedard very often this year. He started out 2012 on a bit of a tear and he's turned in the odd strong start here or there, but more often than not he struggles with pitch count or the strike zone or home runs. Tonight, though, Bedard was on and it was the type of start that reminds you of just why the Pirates think it's worthwhile to give him the ball every fifth day. He set down ...
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