By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Now that it’s June 1, when does the job being done by the Pirate starters stop becoming a fluke?

If the top of the batting order had produced, the Pirates would be challenging the Cardinals for first place in the division.

How good has the Pirate rotation been? Starters have not allowed more than 2 ER in last 12 games; longest streak in Majors this year and longest by Bucs since 1984.

Kevin Corriea, Charlie Morton, James, McDonald, Paul Maholm and Jeff Karstens have all performed above anyone’s expectations.

Pirates Starters since May 15th:
Maholm vs. Washington: 6.1 IP, 3 ER (L)
Morton vs. Cincinnati: 9 IP, 0 ER (W)
McDonald vs Cincinnati: 6.2 IP, 1 ER (W)
Corriea vs. Detroit: 6.2 IP, 2 ER (W)
Maholm vs. Detroit: 5.1 IP, 2 ER (L)
Morton vs. Atlanta: 7 IP, 2 ER, (L)
McDonald vs. Atlanta: 6 IP, 2 ER (L)
Correia vs. Chicago: 7.1 IP, 0 ER (W)
Maholm vs. Chicago: 9 IP, 0 ER (W)
Karstens vs. Chicago: 5 IP, 2 ER (L)
Morton vs. NY Mets: 6 IP, 1 ER (L)
McDonald vs. Mets: 6 IP, 1 ER (W)

If Clint Hurdle can somehow get the bats of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez going, Pirate fans will still have reason to watch this team come July and August. When’s the last time they could say that?

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