The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I'll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far.
The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team - READING
The Pirates Won't Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield
Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions
The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball
The Pirates Have a Bench That Can't Hit Right-Handers
Last year the Pirates were successful in large part due to their rotation. The rotation combined for a 3.50 ERA, which ranked fifth in baseball. Their 3.57 xFIP, which tied for third, suggested that this was no fluke. The 2014 rotation will be missing A.J. Burnett, but the Pirates are also getting full seasons from Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton. The rotation...
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