Re: Pittsburgh Pirates... will 2012 see them surprise?
They have some guys that might surprise like Alex Presley and Jose Tabata. Along with McCutchen that's a very good young OF.
The Reds won't be running off with the division. A nice offseason it was, but not +15 to +20 win offseason that it would take to "run away with it".
My Guesses (at best):
Latos +3 wins
Marshall +3 wins
Ludwick/Heisey platoon: +2 wins
Madson +2 wins
Cozart/Rolen/Francisco and other roster depth improvements because of the signings/trades gives us: +4 wins
That's +14 so 93 Wins. Probably just enough to win it over the runner-up Cardinals. But not a 100 win run away with it season.
Attended 1976 World Series in my Mother's Womb. Attended 1990 World Series Game 2 as a 13 year old. Want to take my son to a a World Series Game in Cincinnati in my lifetime.