A list of the ten most pressing Pirates-related Spring Training issues, according to me:
1. Can Adam LaRoche hit left-handed pitching?
Like it or not, a manager bound for Cooperstown thought it best to sit Adam down against southpaws for the majority of 2006. The Pirates acquired Lefty McThump to be their everyday first baseman; if he struggles, though, it might behoove Jim Tracy to start Bautista in right and shift Nady to first against lefties. Ryan Doumit's another possibility at first, but his splits aren't all that favorable to a platoon.
You can't sit Adam down solely on the basis of his Spring Training performance, but a poor camp coupled with a slow start might make it easier to give him the hook.
2. How do the Pirates match up with the Reds?
The Bucs have five dates (including one split squad contest) scheduled against Cincinnati in Grapefruit League play. It doesn't matter to me if we go 6-0 or 0-6, the record isn't important. What I need to know is how our guys look a...