After 17 losing seasons, will the Pirates make it 18? [2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Review]
The Pirates are a young team with some strength. Andrew McCutchen, Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones, Akinori Iwamura who is a new addition from Tampa Bay. McCutchen showed some speed last year with 29 doubles and 5 triples, .286 batting average, 12 HR, and 54 RBI's in 108 games played. LaRoche in 150 games batted .258, 12 HR, and 64 RBI's. Iwamura (for the Rays) last season only played 69 games, batted .290, 1 HR, 16 doubles and 2 triples. Jones put up some pretty good numbers for only playing in 82 games last season, .290 batting average, 21 HR, 44 RBI's, 21 doubles and 1 triple, Jones could be a major asset to the team if he manages to stay healthy.
Lastings Milledge has potential but is unable to put his ego aside, so for now he's a weakness. Ronny Cedeno, who in my opinion is slow for a short stop. On the mound Paul Maholm, who only managed to win 9 games last season, Octavio Dotel and Brendan Donnelly this two have managed to get the lighter load thus far in spring training.
Akinori Iwamura from the RAYS and Ryan Church from the BRAVES.
Pirates managed to trade away Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson in a attempt to cut payroll and bring in younger talent. The one key loss would have to be Matt Capps a free agent who signed with the National. Capps managed to save 27 games for the Buccos last season, with dismal ERA of 5.80
PREDICTIONS FOR 2010
Once again the Pirates are not predicted to finish over .500, landing 6th in the NL Central. If they could manage to hang onto some of the younger talent on the team maybe in few years they could move out of the NL basement.
BUCO'S 2010 projected starting line up
1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
2. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
3. Garrett Jones, 1B
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Ryan Church, RF
6. Lastings Milledge, LF
7. Andy LaRoche, 3B
8. Ronny Cedeno, SS