MILWAUKEE -- Barring some unforeseen circumstances, Pedro Martinez won't be pitching for the Brewers at Miller Park this season.
Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said Monday that he's happy with his starting rotation so far, and shot down a weekend rumor from the Boston Globe that "the Brewers may be emerging in the hunt," for the veteran free agent Martinez.
"I've never talked to his guy," Melvin said, referring to Martinez's agent, Fernando Cuza. "Our starting pitching hasn't been that bad."
In fact, Melvin pointed out, only the Pirates had more "quality starts" -- defined as an outing of six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs -- this season. Pittsburgh had 12 quality starts entering Monday's games. The Brewers, Royals and Cubs had 11 apiece.
Many GMs, including Melvin, consider the notion of quality starts overrated, but it's at least one indication that the Brewers' starting rotation is not exactly in dire straits.
"Everybody says, 'Oh, you need to get some pitching,'" Melvin said. "But there are 11 games that you've had a chance to win."
That the Brewers rank near the top of the league in that category is surprising given that they notched only two quality starts in their first seven games. Entering the opener of a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday, Brewers starters had put together quality starts in nine of the team's last 11 games.
Yet the national view is that the Brewers need pitching help, as the overall numbers seem to suggest. Milwaukee's starters rank 16th out of 30 for Major League teams and 11th in the 16-team National League with a 4.56 ERA.
But that figure was inflated in the first seven games of the season, when Brewers starters combined to surrender 29 runs in 34 1/3 innings (7.60 ERA). Since then, the starters have combined to go 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 games, with all three losses going to left-hander Manny Parra.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.