Do you agree with the assertion made by Dave Littlefield during his pirates.com live chat that "good pitching is going to beat good hitting?"
Pat from WHYGAVS:
There's probably no historical data that bears Littlefield's statement out. Sometimes outstanding offenses beat great pitching and sometimes it's the other way around. One person would point to the Braves beating the Indians in '95, while another person would point to the '04 Red Sox. It's not that good hitting beats good pitching, it's that good baseball players win championships. I know Littlefield is trying to build up this rotation for the future, but does anyone see one true ace among Gorzelanny, Snell, Duke, or Maholm? I see four pretty good upper middle rotation guys and that can be enough to win in this league, but not without an offense to back things up.
Jim from Sportsocracy:
I think a more accurate phrase would be, flawless pitching is going to beat good hitting of which the Pirates have neither. Obvi...