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NL Central 2012 Predictions (Pt. 1 of 6) Pittsburgh Pirates
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:08 PM
Call me crazy but I think that the Pirates could win the division this year. They have a solid rotation:
While none of these pitchers are going to win a Cy Young anytime soon, they are all solid pitchers and it is very possible that Bedard and Burnett could rebound against a weakened NL Central. And the Pirates bullpen features not one... but two of the NLs top relievers in Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan (8th in saves in the MLB last season going 40-44).
The Pirates have a decent lineup as well. They replaced Ronny Cedeño with Clint Barmes and they added Rod Barajas at catcher. They also got Casey McGehee and Nate McClouth for added bench depth.
C- R. Barajas, M. McKenry
1B- G. Jones, C. McGehee
2B- N. Walker, C. D'Arnuad
SS- C. Barmes, C. D'Arnuad
3B- P. Alvarez, C. McGehee
LF- A. Presley, N. McLouth
CF- A. McCutchen, A. Presley, N. McLouth
RF- J. Tabata, G. Jones, N. McLouth
The Pirates have a solid lineup and if Alvarez plays like he is supposed to the Pirates could have pretty solid season. I don't think the Pirates will win a WS next year, but I think that if they play to their talent level they could make a run for the division title.
(Next I will be telling you why the Cardinals will come in 2nd place in the Central)
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:32 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:37 PM
St. Louis has a very old team, and they no longer have Tony LaRussa, which I think is a bigger loss than Pujols. Their manager for this season has no MLB managerial experience, he has been a career ML manager. And he has some big shoes to fill... Not to mention I think LaRussa was the reason for St. Louis's voodoo magic.
The Pirates will be pretty good, but I don't think I could rank them ahead of the Cardinals. Even without Pujols, St. Louis has a deep lineup. I'm less confident in their pitching, but all that staff needs to do is keep the team in the game. They should not have any trouble scoring runs.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:56 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:59 PM
I wouldn't say shit... Id just say mediocrity... They don't have anyone who stands out as amazing, but they don't have anyone who stands out as being really bad either. And I think Bedard and Burnett will benefit from pitching in the NL Central as opposed to the AL East.
I think the Pirates' rotation looks like shit. Good, young lineup, though. I feel like their prime competitiveness track is running parallel to the Cubs'. Come 2014, we might be looking at an NL Central battle between the Cubs and Pirates, particularly when you consider how the Cards, Brewers, and Reds could all fall off the map in two years.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:59 PM
Hahahaha fair enough. Im just curious but what is your prediction for the Central? The Reds maybe but all they did was add Latos, who won't really make that big of a difference and the Cardinals and the Brewers definitely got worse this offseason, the Astros are well... the astros and the same goes for the Cubs. The Pirates might not have the best rotation or lineup, but I think that they will surprise some people this year.
Sorry Sam, but I will take you up on your first option...."You are Crazy!"
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:12 PM
I know its kinda nuts when you think about it... And realistically the fight for the Central is probably going to come down to the wire
I think this whole division is up for grabs! Nobody particularly scares me or impresses me.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:34 PM
Much of it depends on Alvarez developing into an impact bat in the middle of the lineup like you said. I like the Pirates though, i have them contending with the Reds.
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