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Talk about picking the best of the worst. Paul Maholm takes our spot as the starting pitcher of the decade.
You've got your "one-year wonders" like Zach Duke and Oliver Perez, but when you look at each pitcher's overall body of work, Maholm was the most consistent.
He was never called on to be the ace, and he was never expected to compete for a Cy Young.
What Maholm did do, however, is eat up innings and stay healthy. His 4.35 ERA during the decade is nothing to brag about, and he actually never had a winning record other than his 3-1 record during his six-game debut in 2005.
In reality, the Pirates' problems have pretty much always stemmed from the rotation. It was literally impossible to try and pick one single pitcher who stuck out as the best of the decade.
I'll be willing to hear your arguments as to who you think deserves this spot and why, but until then, my pick is Maholm.
Runner-ups: Zach Duke, Oliver Perez, Kip Wells, Kris Benson
Best Season: 2008
9-9, 3.71 ERA, 139 K's