- These figures don't account for Kip Wells' performance yesterday.
- Wells, Josh Fogg, Salomon Torres and Rick White all have VORPs disproportionate with their ERAs because they have allowed lots of unearned runs.
- It's interesting that the two pitchers who battled for the last spot in the Pirates' rotation this spring have been the Pirates' most productive pitchers so far. Zach Duke is 65th in the majors in VORP after just seven starts.
- Still, it's distressing that the Pirates' best pitcher is ranked 65th overall.
- Torres' two-year contract now looks bad for the Bucs.
- Ryan Vogelsong still doesn't really belong in the big leagues.
The Pirates have to keep using Wells, Ian Snell and, when he's healthy, Oliver Perez - the last two may be important parts of the team's future, and the first still has significant upside. But why are the Pirates apparently satisfied with, for instance, Brian Meadows? Meadows is a nice innings-eater at his very best, and this year has been far from his best. So what would be the harm in DFAing him and calling up Mike Johnston or Mark Corey? Also, Fogg needs to be stopped. A less complacent team would have already removed Fogg from the rotation and Meadows from the roster. The fact that there aren't replacements shaking management by the shoulders is not really relevant. When faced with performances as bad as Fogg's and Meadows', a smart team will experiment. To their credit, the Pirates seem almost ready to do this with Fogg. Let's hope, for our sake and for Snell's, it happens sooner rather than later.