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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Contend With the Cardinals?

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Contend With the Cardinals?

Tonight's blowout victory by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals was just one game, and shouldn't be taken as anything more than just one game. But I did think that the game tonight was ironic, considering the off-season narratives for the two teams.

On one side, you had the Cardinals, who got a lot of praise (myself included) for upgrading their defense on paper over the off-season. They added Peter Bourjos in center field, added Jhonny Peralta at shortstop, and moved players around to positions where they have had more success, such as Matt Carpenter moving from second base to third base. The Cardinals already had a good offense and a good pitching staff. Their biggest weakness last year was their defense, and it was easy to think that upgrading the defense would pretty much ensure that they'd return to being one of the best teams in the NL, if not the best team in the NL.

On the other side, you had the Pirates, who did very little over the off-season. They lost...

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