Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/11/12
      Due to all the surprise teams this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates may not even fit in that catagory. Last year they showed some life and they have made strides to get better. Manager Clint Hundle, though, has done a great job getting this team to win in spite of limited star power. Andrew McCutchen is their best player and may be the MVP of the National League. His .369, 23, 69 numbers are up there with anybody in the game. What stands out though, is the very limited offensive production from most others on the team.     3B Pedro Alvarez has 21 HR and 58 RBI, but is hitting .229. Garrett Jones (.273, 16, 52) and 2B Neil Walker (.291, 13, 65) are the only other offensive players that are putting up any numbers whatsoever. Assuming Jones is the firstbaseman, the Pirates are getting no production from their corner OFs, SS and C. Considering they have a good chance of making the playoffs, this should be a concern. They have brought up 23 year old OF Starling Marte, who has 4...
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