Re: Pittsburgh Pirates... will 2012 see them surprise?
The Central will be competitive and I don't see them better than the Reds, Cards, or Brewers. With an unbalanced schedule they are playing some 45-50 games against those teams.
Also ask yourself, are they better than the:
Braves, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals, Giants, Rockies, Dodgers, and DBacks?