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How To Bet On Pittsburgh Pirates – Will the Pirates Finally Show Promise?

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/5/2013 6:15:39 PM

For the past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates has been teasing its fans with fast starts and equally fast downward spirals to end the season. The betting sites are not so convinced that the Pirates is for real, but Pittsburgh continues to build what it hopes to be a winning team for 2013. It is the Pirates’ youth that allows it to get off to a fast start each of the last two seasons. But it is also that youth which winds up dragging the Pirates down as the season wears on.

The sports betting experts noticed that Pittsburgh was extremely active in free agency trying to build around that energetic, young core. But the changes and additions made by the Pirates may not be enough to push the team towards the playoffs in 2013. This is a team that has shown so much promise over that past couple of years that it is difficult not to get excited about its prospects. But until it starts filling in key spots on its roster, it is hard to see this team making a legitimate playoff run.

Pitching

This Pirates’ starting pitching rotation, led by A.J. Burnett, will be much better than most people expect. Burnett himself turned out to be a steal after he shook off his rough times with the Yankees and emerged as the Pittsburgh ace. The most difficult the Pirates will have is deciding which starter will sit when Francisco Liriano returns from his fractured arm. Liriano has one season to make an impact with the Pirates and he is expected to perform very well. All in all, this is really not a bad rotation.

Hitting

The Pirates have a rookie prospect in Starling Marte in the lead-off spot for 2013. Marte is just one of many risks that the sportsbook experts feel has to come through if Pittsburgh is going to be competitive this season. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen assumes his role as the power hitter for the Pirates, but he is going to need help if the Pirates is going to be an effective team at the plate this season. This batting order has some surprises waiting for NL pitchers, but there are a lot of unanswered questions about the hitting for Pittsburgh as the team enters the regular season.

Outlook

The Pirates will make Jason Grilli the closer, which is a position that Grilli has never had in his career. There are a lot of unknowns and risks throughout the Pittsburgh lineup that make it very hard to pinpoint exactly how the team will perform. Once again, this team could very well get off to a fast start and excite fans all over the country. But the lack of depth and experience in key positions will come back to haunt the Pirates as the season wears on and we get closer to the All-Star break.

Projected Finish: Fourth in NL Central

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