Pittsburgh Pirates: Why This Year's Team Will Keep Winning

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Why This Year's Team Will Keep Winning
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The 2011 Pirates stunned the world for the first half of last season, rising from relative obscurity to be in first place in July, only to fall to 72-90 by season's end, finishing a distant fourth in the NL Central.

At the start of the day on June 20th, 2011, the Pirates were 35-36. One year later, the Buccos find themselves at 35-31.

This year's version of the Bucs is building off the successes of the early parts of last year.

But will they avoid the same fate as their predecessors? Over the next few slides, I'll explain just why this year's Pirates team has what it takes to finish the deal.

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