Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/19/13
To continue my journey into belief of the sleeper team, I am going with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a team I think can finally get over that hump this season. Ever since Barry Bonds left after the 1992 season to sign with the Giants, the Pirates have yet to have a winning season. It seemed like it would finally happen in 2012 when they were 58-42 after July 28th. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, they ran out of gas finishing the season 21-41 for a 79-83 record. However, that was their best finish since they were 79-83 in 1997 under Gene Lamont. The biggest strength will be the team’s outfield, though their lineup is fairly strong all around. Andrew McCutchen (.327, 31, 96) was their best player by a mile and was a NL MVP candidate. 24 year old Starling Marte will be the starting LF, after hitting .257, 5, 17 in 47 games last season. Marte profiles to be a player that should hit .300 with 20 HR and 20 SBs. That would be more than OFs Alex Presley and Jose Tabata, who...
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