The free falling Pittsburgh Pirates have made it official in that the team has granted starting pitcher Erik Bedard his unconditional release. The struggling starter posted a 7-14 record with a 5.01 ERA. Bedard has allowed 11 runs in his last two starts and has been mirrored by inconsistencies all season.
Bedard in Sunday’s 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, allowed 6 hits and 6 earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates will make a corresponding move this afternoon.
The Pirates (68-60) last night dropped a critical contest to St. Louis (71-57), losing the Cardinals 4-3 after jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The Pirates are 1-3 in a crucial homestand and now closer to 4th place than first place, trailing the Reds by nine games. In the wildcard race, the Pirates trail St. Louis by three games for the second wildcard spot.
Pittsburgh is 9-16 in their last 25 games and the way this team is heading, 82 wins isn’t even a lock anymore.