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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?

It's hard to get a feel for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their chances of competing this year. They move close to .500, then they lose a few games and drop further back. They're 32-34, and yet they're only 2.5 games back from the Wild Card race. They lose Francisco Liriano, although that might end up working better for them, since Liriano was struggling and couldn't be removed from the rotation without an injury.

At this point it's hard to say whether the Pirates will be buyers or sellers this July. You could argue either way at this point. The "buyers" argument would point to some of the above facts, most notably the fact that they're only 2.5 games out of the Wild Card race, and just two games below .500. The "sellers" argument says they are only 2.5 games back because no one else is stepping up to run away with the second Wild Card spot. The argument would also question whether this Pirates team, with all of their injuries or struggles, is a team that can play better than .500 ball...

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