After 17 losing seasons, will the Pirates make it 18? [2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Review]

3/23/10 in MLB   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

Coming off their seventeenth consecutive losing season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking like it will be eighteen. Owner Robert Nutting has done his best to trade of any talent the Pirates have had in the past few years. Nutting, in a effort to out do himself has brought Bernie Holliday to the club this year, he is a Mental Expert from the Army, Holliday has worked with athletes, cadets, and solders all over. I'm hoping he can talk some sense into Nutting.


KEY STRENGTHS

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.


WEAKNESSES 

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.


New Additions

Akinori Iwamura from the RAYS and Ryan Church from the BRAVES.

KEY LOSSES 

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

PROJECTED ROTATION
Paul Maholm
Zack Duke
Ross Ohlendorf
Charlie Morton
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7/15/10   |   acegresh   |   22 respect

kramer wrote:
I remember my dad pounding on his bedroom floor in October of 1992 in game 7, nearly in tears when he said "it's gonna be a long time before they're ever this good again."  Nobody expected what has happened since though.

Wow I remember that day like it was yesterday.  I really don't think we will ever be that good again with this management.  I'm so sick of being embarrased for what team I like!   

5/15/10   |   machetto   |   69 respect

Someday we'll see some decent baseball being played in Pittsburgh.  It won't be this year  and probably not next year, either.  But it won't be that way forever. How about our local boy, Ryan Doumit?  Moses Lake is proud of him. 

3/30/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Boski93 wrote:
It's tough times for Pirates of Lastplacebeing. I have a feeling they have a plan, but  we will see if it's a "we are starting all over and making a commitment to building a strong franchise from the minors to the bigs", or if its "we say rebuild but we are just cutting costs and making cash of revenue sharing". Either way, the post-season and the Pirates are not like to cross paths anytime soon, and that's a shame. The people of the Steel City deserve better baseball than this. 

I remember my dad pounding on his bedroom floor in October of 1992 in game 7, nearly in tears when he said "it's gonna be a long time before they're ever this good again."  Nobody expected what has happened since though.

3/30/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

aacwell wrote:
I mean you gotta give Neal Huntington credit. since he has been their they have made a lot of improvements. They have tons of potential. You win two ways in baseball. Your the yanks and buy everyone or you do what they rays did a few years back. take your lumps with the young guys. then when they grow into them selves. you compete. n i really do believe that they will win in the future. in the near future.

I only have one thing to say to this...I'll believe it when I see it.  I don't see how anyone can possibly be optimistic about this team when I see no light at the end of the tunnel.

3/25/10   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

It's tough times for Pirates of Lastplacebeing. I have a feeling they have a plan, but  we will see if it's a "we are starting all over and making a commitment to building a strong franchise from the minors to the bigs", or if its "we say rebuild but we are just cutting costs and making cash of revenue sharing". Either way, the post-season and the Pirates are not like to cross paths anytime soon, and that's a shame. The people of the Steel City deserve better baseball than this. 

3/25/10   |   gau13   |   217 respect

The streak ends here!!!!!!  With me there on opening day cheering them on, there is no way they will lose...............I hope....

3/24/10   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

mk_donley wrote:
Now Joe, keep your chin up. Right now there is unfair competition in MLB. If there is a salary cap, things would've been sooooooo much different. What your team needs, is a new owner; a COMPETENT owner, who is not afraid of spending $$$$$ on a future superstar( OK, I'm going a tad overboard here). Anyway, I know your team is young, and I know your team is not going to win many games this year, but cheer up; they are going to be A-OK

After 17 years and the success of other small market franchise, I would think one would lose the right to complain about "unfair competition." The Pirates' biggest flaw has been their own poor decision making, as evidenced by their drafts under Bonifay and Littlefield.

3/24/10   |   aacwell

I mean you gotta give Neal Huntington credit. since he has been their they have made a lot of improvements. They have tons of potential. You win two ways in baseball. Your the yanks and buy everyone or you do what they rays did a few years back. take your lumps with the young guys. then when they grow into them selves. you compete. n i really do believe that they will win in the future. in the near future.

3/24/10   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

aacwell wrote:
season 18 is upon us i think. tho i do think we will be a 10 game improvement. i know everyone brings up these trades but i think they were good trades. Wilson only had a glove and he was always hurt.  you get out of him Clement who has A lot of potential and can actually hit. and Cedeno who cant field as well but is very good in my opinion. Sanchez I liked but then again. he had one stellar year then was average after that. Out of that trade you Tim Alderson who is the future for pirates pitching and giants number one pitching prospect. In a team that is filled with number 5 spot pitchers. that was a hell of a move.  The Mclouth deal you make room for Mcutchen and get Morton in return, he happens to have the nastiest stuff on the team. Go back to the previous year. Get rid of nady and you ross dont even want to try and spell his last name. he now in my opinion is great and should be our number 1 starter. nady didn't even play last year because he was hurt. The Bay trade im not sure who we got other than moss which sucks. But i think the pirates have a bright future ahead of them that nutting and neil are doing good things for this club and in a few years everyones crying about the trades will have a foot shoved down their throats.

I hope your not serious? Nutting is a f*cking doucebag who knows nothing about baseball other than he owns a team.

And if you look under new addition you will see the Pirates acquired second baseman Akinori Iwamura in the trade!

3/24/10   |   aacwell

forgive me for the spelling errors

3/24/10   |   aacwell

(Edited by aacwell)

season 18 is upon us i think. tho i do think we will be a 10 game improvement. i know everyone brings up these trades but i think they were good trades. Wilson only had a glove and he was always hurt.  you get out of him Clement who has A lot of potential and can actually hit. and Cedeno who cant field as well but is very good in my opinion. Sanchez I liked but then again. he had one stellar year then was average after that. Out of that trade you Tim Alderson who is the future for pirates pitching and giants number one pitching prospect. In a team that is filled with number 5 spot pitchers. that was a hell of a move.  The Mclouth deal you make room for Mcutchen and get Morton in return, he happens to have the nastiest stuff on the team. Go back to the previous year. Get rid of nady and you ross dont even want to try and spell his last name. he now in my opinion is great and should be our number 1 starter. nady didn't even play last year because he was hurt. The Bay trade im not sure who we got other than moss which sucks. But i think the pirates have a bright future ahead of them that nutting and neil are doing good things for this club and in a few years everyones crying about the trades will have a foot shoved down their throats.

3/24/10   |   jasonwagner2   |   5 respect

probably not a good thing there are only 4 in the projected rotation either

3/24/10   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 There is still a team in Pittsburgh?

3/24/10   |   SickPuppy   |   20406 respect

YUP ... next year you will be asking if it will be 19    

3/24/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Wait...the owner's name is Robert Nutting? There's a joke in there somewhere...(That's what she said)

3/23/10   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

WTF!

3/23/10   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

mk_donley wrote:
Now Joe, keep your chin up. Right now there is unfair competition in MLB. If there is a salary cap, things would've been sooooooo much different. What your team needs, is a new owner; a COMPETENT owner, who is not afraid of spending $$$$$ on a future superstar( OK, I'm going a tad overboard here). Anyway, I know your team is young, and I know your team is not going to win many games this year, but cheer up; they are going to be A-OK

Nutting is to worried about Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's biggest ski resort. This is besides being a douchebag. If there were another Major League movie made I would guarantee the Pirates would be the front runners for it.

3/23/10   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Now Joe, keep your chin up. Right now there is unfair competition in MLB. If there is a salary cap, things would've been sooooooo much different. What your team needs, is a new owner; a COMPETENT owner, who is not afraid of spending $$$$$ on a future superstar( OK, I'm going a tad overboard here). Anyway, I know your team is young, and I know your team is not going to win many games this year, but cheer up; they are going to be A-OK

3/23/10   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

wrote:
Joe, 17 seasons huh? I feel your pain. 

3/23/10   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

They;ll have their 18th straight losing season..but they'll finish ahead of the Astros in the Central