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Short-term lineup fixes for the Pirates

Short-term lineup fixes for the Pirates

If any of you believe that the Pirates have a shot at the playoffs this year ... well, I don't know what to say. The Iron City brews and Primanti Bros. sammitches must be rotting your brain.
At the same time, though, we'd like to see changes made to allow for a more palatable on-field product. While most of us realize that winning will have to wait until 2008, or 2009, or 2010---you get the idea---we're sick and tired of watching winnable games slip away on a nightly basis.
A .500 record is an easily attainable---and downright laughable---goal, and it'd be swell if our Suckaneers could play well enough to achieve that low level of success.
Allow me to break down the trouble spots (at least as I see them), as well as a few potential (obvious) solutions that could lead to a few more wins.
Catcher
Ronny Paulino. We thought you'd be so much better, but you've succumbed to the sophomore slump. A .227/.267/.365 line will not get the job done.
What's worse is that Paulino's defense and rapp...

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