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Erik Bedard can’t get any help

Apr 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Erik Bedard is hardly the only quality pitcher still winless on the season. Jordan Zimmermann, Ryan Dempster, Cliff Lee and and Bruce Chen all have ERAs of 2.00 or better and are still sporting zeroes in the win column.

None of those guys, though, have taken more than two losses. Bedard was just tagged with his fourth today after allowing three runs — two earned — in seven innings against the Cardinals. Bedard has allowed just eight runs — seven earned — on the season, but the Pirates have scored a total of three in his four starts, giving him the 0-4 record.

It didn’t have to be this way. Bedard surely would have drawn interest from contenders had he waited until some of the top pitchers were off the market last winter. Instead, he jumped at Pittsburgh’s $4.5 million guarantee on Dec. 7. I wonder if he’d make the same choice again.

  1. knowhitter - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    sounds a bit like Seattle…

    • randomdigits - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      and Baltimore…

  2. redguy12588 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Yes, athletes would rather have archaic “wins” than money. Why do we even use this stat any more?

    • explodet - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      It’s still disheartening to pitch well and have your team lose, dude.

      • atworkident - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        He’s used to it.

        He thrives out of the spotlight so I don’t think he will complain too much.

  3. florida76 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    It’s way, way, way, too early to speculate on free agent decisions 15 games into the regular season. The Pirates offense has been, offensive, so it’s surprising to see the club is 6-9. The entire NL is exactly loaded with powerhouse clubs, so it’s premature to guess what will happen with the Pirates. With any decent hitting, the club should be improved with the quality pitching they’ve received so far. Burnett was very impressive shutting down the Cards Friday.

  4. Gonzo - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Bedard has been a mental train wreck his entire career. I dont know if I believe he would have gotten that much of a better offer from a ready-to-contend club.

  5. jlhc5530 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    I’m sorry, but its just flippant to hone in on Bedard without any evidence he would have done better later in free agency. I don’t see one pitcher for whom that strategy worked this last offseason.

    Besides, isn’t Bedard’s worst case scenario here to be traded at the deadline to your beloved ‘contender’ anyways, Mr. Pouliot?

  6. akrizzy25 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    If he is upset about the lack of run support tell him to call up former Bucco Paul
    Maholom. He knows the pain.

  7. madhatternalice - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    This is the same Erik Bedard that got thumped last year in Boston, right?
    The same Erik Bedard that hasn’t reached 150 innings since 2007?
    The same Erik Bedard of whom Matthew commented: “I actually like the signing. Better to take a chance on Bedard than throwing money at Correia-types. He probably won’t make more than 20-25 starts, but he should be plenty good when he’s on the mound.” http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/07/report-pirates-sign-left-hander-erik-bedard-for-4-5-million/

    Just making sure, because it seems unlikely that he would have drawn more money. Anywhere.

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