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The Official 2012 Pirates Thread!

This time last year we already had pages of Bucco banter, admittedly it was only between about 5 of us but we did our part as fans. I know this year the excitement is focused elsewhere; the Pens quest for the cup, the Steelers money problems, and Pitt's.....uh er CBI Championship?!?!

So I thought I would put a little focus on the Bucs who open the 2012 season tomorrow at 12:30 PM ET in PNC Park against the Phillies.

What are people's expectations for this year? Who are the players to watch? What pitcher will emerge as the ace? Who will put together an All-Star season? Will the 19 year losing streak come to an end? What are your predictions on the season, their record, and the players?

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I will stick to my thoughts from last year. I thought .500 last year would have been an exceptional year...this year, I think that it is a real posibility. But at the risk of being labled Mr. Obvious, it will depend on the starting pitching. I think the defense will be "okay". As will the run production. They don't appear to have a very strong corp of long relievers, so if the starters don't get them close to or into the 7th on a pretty consistant basis, it could get ugly.

My surprise for this year is going to be Harrison. Look for him to push his way into a starters spot before the All-Star break.

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.500 if Alvarez figures out that it works better if you actually hit the ball. I just hope one way or another, both for the team and for the attendance revenue that the Pirates are somewhat relevant into August.

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20th time is the charm....THIS IS THEIR YEAR!

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really? A Pirates thread?

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73-87

Pedro continues to struggle, optioned to Indy after 2 months.

Tabata is oft injured again this year.

Barajas hits a ball of the Clemente wall and gets thrown out at first...twice.

Bedard is lights out until July when he goes on the DL

Burnett gets 15 wins with a 3.43 ERA and no run support

Walker hits .274 with 17 HR's

Cutch hits .293 24 HR's and 31 bags

Lets Go Bucs!

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I give you guys a lot of credit because I can't follow them anymore.

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73-87

Pedro continues to struggle, optioned to Indy after 2 months.

Tabata is oft injured again this year.

Barajas hits a ball of the Clemente wall and gets thrown out at first...twice.

Bedard is lights out until July when he goes on the DL

Burnett gets 15 wins with a 3.43 ERA and no run support

Walker hits .274 with 17 HR's

Cutch hits .293 24 HR's and 31 bags

Lets Go Bucs!

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I'll hope for the best for the BUCS, but again I just don't think they have everything in place yet. Another season possibly near .500, but that's it. With their early season schedule they could be out of it by the 2nd week of May. And how do you start a 3rd baseman batting .166 in Spring ball? Again, I'll root for them and always will be a Bucco fan, but 19 years of losing going on 20, man that's tough. With that LET'S GO BUCS !!!!!
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I'll hope for the best for the BUCS, but again I just don't think they have everything in place yet. Another season possibly near .500, but that's it. With their early season schedule they could be out of it by the 2nd week of May. And how do you start a 3rd baseman batting .166 in Spring ball? Again, I'll root for them and always will be a Bucco fan, but 19 years of losing going on 20, man that's tough. With that LET'S GO BUCS !!!!!
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