It's pretty obvious that the Pirates need to upgrade their pitching this off-season. Their starting rotation under-performed on a widespread level in 2016, with almost every starting pitcher falling short of his projections. Most of the relievers also struggled, which is a bad combination. As a result, the Pirates went from 697 runs scored last year to 729 this year on offense, but went from 596 runs allowed to 758 this year.

There are some basic principles here that don't speak well about the 2016 season. The offense improved by 32 runs over last year, but the pitching allowed 162 additional runs. Aside from the fact that giving up more runs than you score is a recipe for a losing season, and they accomplished both of those tasks, seeing a net swing of -130 runs in one season is pretty...

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