It's here... Pitchers and Catchers have reported as well as some players getting extra work. If that doesn't get you itching for baseball season I don't know what will.
The Bucs are looking to improve on a "disappointing" 72-90 season, disappointing in quotes because no one expected even that good of a record in april. A 15 game improvement over the previous season was still welcomed.
-Buccos were 36-45 both at home and on the road. The 36 road wins were a vast improvement over the previous season.
-Finished 4th in the abysmal NL central, 24 games behind the 1st place Brewers
-Finished 8-7 against the AL, far better than years past
-52 players appeared in a game for the pirates in 2011, the most ever. That includes 25 pitchers and 8 different catchers
-The Pirates had 3 representatives in the all star game (McCutchen, Correia, Hanrahan)... the most in a long time
-The Pirates were 53-47 on July 25th. An 8-22 record in the month of August dismantled the season.
-Many blame a heartbreaking 19 inning loss on July 26th at Atlanta as the catalyst for the collapse, when Julio Lugo was inexplicably called safe at home by home plate umpire Jerry Meals
Batting Avg: Neil Walker (.273)
Hits: Neil Walker (163)
Runs: Andrew McCutchen (87)
Home Runs: Andrew McCutchen (23)
Runs Batted In: Andrew McCutchen (89)
Stolen Bases: Andrew McCutchen (23)
Starts: James McDonald (31)
Wins: Kevin Correia (12)
Earned Run Average: Joel Hanrahan (1.83), Jeff Karstens (3.38)
Innings Pitched: Charlie Morton (171.2)
Strikeouts: James McDonald (142)
Saves: Joel Hanrahan (40)
R. Cedeno, SS (New York Mets)
R. Doumit, C (Minnesota)
D. Lee, 1B (Free Agent)
R. Ludwick, OF (Cincinnati)
P. Maholm, LHP (Chicago Cubs)
R. Ohlendorf, RHP (Boston)
C. Snyder, C (Houston)
J. Veras, RHP (Milwaukee)
R. Barajas, C (Los Angeles Dodgers)
C. Barmes, SS (Houston)
E. Bedard, LHP (Boston)
A. Burnett, RHP (New York Yankees)
C. McGehee, 1b/3b (Milwaukee)
N. McLouth, OF (Atlanta)
LET'S GO BUCS!