Re: Pittsburgh Pirates... will 2012 see them surprise?
I see them as around an 80 win team, assuming good health. They just don't have the bats.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.