While the Pittsburgh Pirates offense has come alive over the past two months, the Bucs were initially staked to their contending position by a tremendous performance from their pitching staff.
Though the pitchers have cooled down a bit, they have remained consistent contributors to the Pirates success. The Bucs have played excellent baseball by combining elite hitting production with above-average pitching.
As the Pirates enter the season's final stretch, it is important for the pitching staff to sustain its strong 2012 performance. Certain pitchers are peaking at the right time, while others are faltering a bit and need to step up their level of play.
On the following pages, I rank the entire Pirates' pitching staff based on expected production throughout the rest of the season.