PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- If your team has strong starting pitching, your club will have the chance to win the game. That proved to be true for the Pirates during the 2011 season. The club's starting staff kept the team in first, or near the top of the National League Central Division for the first four months of the season. But once they struggled, and the Bucs endured several injures, the Pirates fell out of first place.
To start the 2012 season, the Pirates had to open with a three-game series against the National League East Division Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. Despite facing two Cy Young Award winners in Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, as well as a tough right-hander in Vance Worley, the Pirates took 2-of-3 from the Phillies at PNC Park.