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In search of run support

Updated: May 6, 2009, 4:49 PM ET
By James Quintong | ESPN.com

We always want our starting pitchers to go at least seven or eight innings and allow as few runs as possible en route to that win. But often, even a pitcher's best effort could be undermined by a lack of run support from his offense. So while a guy could be sporting stellar ERA, WHIP and strikeout numbers, those pesky wins are sometimes hard to come by.

It can be a bit more magnified at this point in the season when a guy with a microscopic ERA has fewer wins than a lucky middle reliever, ...

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