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Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Every year it seems like there's one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don't recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a historically bad offense this time of the year last year). In the last few days there have been a few articles that have gone up questioning whether the Pirates are for real. They are tied for the second best record in baseball. It looks like they're "that team" that everyone talks about early in the season as a surprise breakout team.

Here are a few links from the past few days, along with my thoughts.

**Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes that It's Time to Take the Pirates Seriously. Cameron notes t...

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