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First Pitch: 2012 Pirates Optimism

First Pitch: 2012 Pirates Optimism

Opening Day always brings optimism. And a loss on Opening Day can make that optimism start to fade, even if the loss was in a game where Roy Halladay shut the offense down. But heading in to Opening Day, there was a lot of optimism, and that was shown in the over/under results from last night's poll.

I asked six over/under questions, and had you vote on them. The results are as follows:

Erik Bedard Starts: 18.5

83.75% said over. If Bedard makes 19 or more starts and throws like he did today, the Pirates will be in pretty good shape at the top of their rotation.

Jeff Karstens ERA: 3.90

54.39% said under. If Karstens can put up an ERA below 3.90, paired with 19+ starts from Bedard, the rotation will really be in good shape.

The optimism didn't extend to two of the hitters.

Alex Presley OPS: .800

64.88% said under. If Presley could repeat his .804 OPS from 215 at-bats in 2011, he would establish himself as a strong starting outfielder.

Pedro Alvarez Home Runs: 20.5

65.31% said u...

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