Duke, Maholm and Perez have struggled
However, Pittsburgh's trio of young left-handers -- Zach Duke, Paul Maholm and Oliver Perez -- all have ERAs north of 5.00, and their struggles have really surprised and disappointed both the team and the fans in the Steel City. Although the Bucs' offense is no great shakes, it is the pitching that has really crippled the club: At the break, the Pirates' staff ERA was 4.93, next to last in the NL.
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