A lot of focus goes to offense, and particularly power, in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system.  However, if there's anything we've learned over the last few years, it's that pitching wins games.  You can have a good offense, but you can lose due to a lack of pitching.  Likewise, you don't need the best offense if your pitching is strong.  We saw the latter this year.  The Pirates were winning and contending with strong pitching, despite a very poor offense.  The offense picked up the pace in early August, but the pitching fell apart, and so did the team.

Offense is obviously important, but it's pitching that wins.  The strong pitching we've seen this year could lead to an excess of options next year, leaving some interesting decisions for the off-season.  Here is a breakdown of those option...

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