Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 5/14/12
With Erik Bedard out until at least Wednesday with his back spasms, Brad Lincoln will get a spot start for the Pirates in Miami tonight. Lincoln's been pretty impressive in a handful of relief appearances this year; in 14 1/3 innings, he has 16 strikeouts and held the opposition to just nine hits, giving him a 0.62 ERA and a FIP of 2.91. Lincoln's struggled with missing bats in his previous stints, mostly as a starter, with the Pirates, so is this something that we can count on him taking over to the rotation tonight?I'm not sure that it is, to be honest. It's easy to see the two biggest things that have changed for Lincoln this year if you look at his pitches and his pitch selection. His fastball is averaging 93.1 mph this year, whereas in the past it's been slightly under 92. He's also basically eliminated the changeup from his repertoire, throwing either a fastball or a curveball 97% of the time. This is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a guy like Lincoln in moving from...
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