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Is this the year they finish over .500?
The Pittsburgh Pirates' last winning season was in 1992, the year they lost the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves. They did make significant progress last year, though, winning 15 more games than they did in 2010 and finishing with a 72-90 record. They were also over the .500 mark as late as August 1.
The Pirates have a young core centered around Andrew McCutchen, who could become a full-fledged superstar this season. Pittsburgh could also benefit with a good year from Pedro Alvarez and A.J. Burnett. Alvarez played fairly well in his rookie season, but fell off the map in 2011, while Burnett was acquired from the Yankees, but will miss two to three months because of the freak bunting incident.
The team, though talented, needs everything to come together in order to have a winning season in 2012.
Prediction: No, but they improve over last year's mark