Raise The Jolly Roger: Pirates Win Series With Dodgers

Adam LindsayContributor IApril 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 05: Ryan Doumit #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his eighth inning home run with Andrew McCutchen #22 and Garrett Jones #46 while playing the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Home Opener for the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 5, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 11-5.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2010 season began on a high note for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they defeated the Dodgers in back to back games  to open the season, the second of which was in 10 innings.

Now I have been a Pirate fan all my life and I know by now that they do this every year, they win a bunch at the beginning of the year and then fade by Mid-April. This team seems different however, they have a more interesting dynamic than previous teams. Last Year Nate McLouth was the sole good hitter on the team, the year before it was Jason Bay, other than those two they filled out a roster with mediocre players (Freddy Sanchez included). This isn't a way to win a lot of games, you cannot expect one player to carry an offense, Pujols can't do it, A Rod can't do it, neither could Bay or McLouth.

The aforementioned difference between this team and previous teams however is the type of team they have built. They have hitters that hit for average (McCutchen, Milledge, Jones), they have a strong pitching staff (Bullpen and Rotation), and they have a power hitter in Garret Jones. These three things have produced two kinds of wins that have been elusive in previous years, extra inning wins and blowout wins against the Dodgers no less.

As I mentioned before, They have a habit of starting strong and then blowing it, but for now anyway I'm gonna use quote I read on MLB.com. "Don't wake me up, I'm having a wonderful dream in Buccoland"