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The Pirates release Erik Bedard

Aug 28, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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Dejan Kovacevic reports (since confirmed) that the Pittsburgh Pirates have released starter Erik Bedard. We weren’t expecting that. Really, I never expect Bedard’s tenure anywhere to end without some hellacious injury of some sort.

Bedard has struggled mightily lately, giving up 16 runs in his last three outings. They were teams with good offenses — Milwaukee, St. Louis and the recently quite productive San Diego Padres — but that’s an awful lot of crooked numbers. For the year he’s 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA.

Kovacevic believes it’s possible that the Pirates want to see more of Kevin Correia in the rotation. It’s also possible that everyone in Pittsburgh is kinda freaking out as their nightmare August draws to a close.

  1. florida76 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    It’s time for a little perspective here. August has been a poor month, as the Pirates are only 9-16. Losing Marte, and Walker playing hurt has limited the Bucs offensively, and the pitching has declined.

    That said, two more games with the Cards remain, and the schedule in September is very favorable. 13 games with the Astros and Cubs, and only six games the entire month versus contenders. Last season was yet another example of the unexpected coming to pass in September and October. Concern yes, freaking out, no. Let’s not forget this is a completely reconstructed team from the one which lost a staggering 105 games in 2010.

    • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      It is…and the schedule could help some…but this team’s OBP has hovered around .300 all year (and they don’t even have a pitchers park to blame it on) and that is just tough way to score runs. They are definitely on the rise, but I don’t think this year is the time for the playoffs…they have some fantastic pitchers on the way, should be a fun team to watch.

  2. natslady - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Couldn’t Bedard have gone on the DL? I remember he left in the first inning against us in May (back spasms). He probably is sorta injured, at least enough that a trainer could put him on the DL if Bedard wanted to take his chances with the Pirates (meaning, hope for a replacement roster spot on a playoff team). He’d rather take his chances that someone will pick up a “marginal” lefty for a spot start or two, and maybe get to the playoffs that way. Bedard bailing is not a good sign, I would say.

  3. bdvlad - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    The prospect of Correia back in the rotation kind of has me freaking out a little bit. He’s been dancing between the raindrops all year, but he’s genuinely not a good pitcher, and it’d be kind of fitting if a Correia implosion put a capstone on a playoff collapse.

  4. hushbrother - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Bedard had pitched extremely well at times this season, better than his W-L record would suggest.

    The problem with the Pirates hasn’t been Bedard, it’s that the offense has gone south because some key players have gone into lengthy slumps, and Huntington didn’t get anyone worth a crap at the trade deadline. I’m sorry but thinking Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez would make an impact was foolish.

    • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      ….but it would have been far worse to give up their top prospects for a rental or an expensive player….this team needs all the cheap talent it can get….far better to compete each of the next 6 years than sell the future betting on a team that is trying to make the play-in game as a WC team.

    • regis18 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Actually, Travis Snider is batting over .300 since joining the Pirates and playing outstanding defense, too. If half the trades work out for the best, it is probably about as good as can be expected without some serendipity.

  5. matto8929 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    As a huge Pirates fan I say in response to releasing Bedard: “Raise the jolly roger!” You people have no idea how bad this guy was. Very slow approach and not personable at all either.

  6. nittanybluehen - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    This guy was traded for Adam Jones and Chris Tillman. I’d say the Mariners whiffed on that one.

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