I think the Pirates are in a pretty good situation having six starters going into the dog days. Clearly, they will have to do some creative shuffling already, to accommodate the fragile Bedard and, possibly, to allow McDonald to get back to acedom.
I hope that Hurdle will be looking with an eye down the road to a playoff scenario. The Pirates desperately want to have Burnett and, if he's back, McDonald available for short playoff situations. In a one-game playoff, do you trust Karstens or Bedard? The Bucs would be facing the likes of Strasburg, Cueto, Dickey, Cain and Kershaw. Let's hope they win the Central, but I just think the short series could be an issue. But, if McDonald and Bedard continue to be enigmas, we'd probably really like a three-man rotation!