Buried Treasure were approached by All Sports Talk to provide the Pittsburgh Pirates preview as part of their look ahead to the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Below is an excerpt from the article, so please visit All Sports Talk to read the remainder of the preview, as well as the rest of the NL Central:
Offensively, at least, the Pirates appear to be a boom or bust club – with the respective performances of Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin, Gaby Sanchez, Clint Barmes, Travis Snider and Starling Marte being the main question marks. Can Pedro Alvarez sustain success, avoiding slumps that derailed him at times in 2012, so that he can produce in the clean-up spot? Will Martin’s .222 BABIP regress towards the mean so that he can improve his .211/.311/.403 2012 batting line? Will Sanchez be able to produce as part of the first base platoon? Barmes was above average against left-handers last season (.331 wOBA); however can he hit right-handed pitching and be productive at the plate as well as on the field? Is this finally the year that Snider puts it all together in the majors – at the sixth time of asking? And can Marte adjust to hit major league pitching and find success in the lead-off spot? At the very least the club appears to have a solid defensive unit; nonetheless they will have to improve on an offensive unit that combined for a .304 wOBA (90 wRC+) last season if the club will be competitive in 2013.
We’d like to thank Aaron from All Sports Talk for giving Buried Treasure the opportunity to provide the Pirates preview.