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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

Andrew Lambo's promotion could finally give the Pirates the best 25 players in Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the "best 25" in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn't always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel that's what we're seeing with the move to call up Andrew Lambo.

I'm not sure yet if Lambo will immediately step in as the starter in right field. I feel that he should. He's had some impressive numbers in the upper levels of the minors this year. Meanwhile, the right field options in Pittsburgh have not had impressive numbers at all. Travis Snider had a great April, and has struggled ever since. Jose Tabata has decent numbers, but looks better as a str...

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