Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 6/30/14
On May 31st, the Pirates got smoked by the Dodgers. The 12-2 loss ballooned Brandon Cumpton’s ERA up to 6.85. The Pirates were 25-30 and Pirate fans were attempting to talk ourselves into May being a good month due to the Pirates’ 15-14 record, though that meant ignoring their 111/137 run differential that month. We didn’t realize it at the time, but Gerrit Cole would go down in his next start with shoulder problems, Neil Walker was ten days away from appendicitis, and the day after Walker went on the disabled list, Francisco Liriano joined him with an oblique injury. We could run the June tale of the tape further. The Pirates played 27 games in June and 12 of them were started by pitchers who would have been classified as more or less replacement value in spring training (Cumpton made five starts, Jeff Locke made four, and Vance Worley made three). Pedro Alvarez only hit two home runs all month. Starling Marte didn’t get a hit in the month until June 9th. Jason Grilli imploded and ...
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