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Predicting the Pittsburgh Pirates' Opening Day Starting Rotation
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Where does last years surprise, Jeff Karstens, fit into the 2012 Pirates rotation?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation was a positive for most of the year with Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton among others exceeding expectations.  After the departure of starters Ross Ohlendorf and Paul Maholm, the Pirates went out and signed veteran pitcher Erik Bedard and traded for another veteran in A.J. Burnett.

Burnett and Bedard add a certain veteran experience that was missing from the Pirates' rotation the past several years, and, if healthy, those two immediately upgrade the Pirates' rotation.

With Charlie Morton just starting to recover from offseason hip surgery and Karstens falling back into reality after an epic June and July, what will the Pirates' rotation look like when they open the season April 5th against the Philadelphia Phillies?

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