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National League Central Previews: Pirates

Today’s Focus: Pittsburgh Pirates

2010 Record 57-105, 6th Place NL Central

Baseball season in Pittsburgh,  that painful time that fills the void between the end of the Penguins post season run and the start of Steelers training camp. Coming off their record setting 18th consecutive losing season, the Pirates are likely extend their streak to 19 this year.  However, things are starting to look up a little bit in Pittsburgh these days.  Last season saw the call up of 3 of the organization’s top prospects, Pedro Alvarez,  Neil Walker, and Jose Tabata, to join Andrew McCutchen, who played his first full season in the big leagues.  All four players were productive last year and should continue to improve this year, especially McCutchen and Alvarez.  The Pirate’s ownership still refuses to spend money on big name (or even medium name, for that matter) free agents in the off season.  This winter they signed Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz, who will platoon in right field with Garret Jones.
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2011 National League East Previews: Braves

Today’s focus: Atlanta Braves

2010 Record 91-71 2nd Place NL East, Wild Card.  Lost to Giants in NLDS

The Braves will look to build on their 2010 Wild Card season as they enter 2011 with hopes of unseating the Phillies from the top of the NL East.  Their biggest change from last season is new skipper Fredi Gonzalez who takes over for the legendary Bobby Cox.  Gonzalez has a knack for getting the most from a young lineup and he has a good mix of young talent and proven veterans at his disposal.

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