Jonah Keri previews the Pirates

Jonah Keri, writing for Grantland, previews the 2012 Pirates. He’s not terribly hard on the Bucs (he notes, as I have, that there’s a lot of talent in the rotation but a huge bust potential as well), and he’s got a very positive outlook for Andrew McCutchen. 

But in his three big league seasons, McCutchen has now posted impressive power (23 homers, .198 ISO last year), a solid contact rate (84.6 percent), and big walk totals (89) … just not all in the same season. He’s still just 25, and you can feel a consolidation season coming, where all of McCutchen’s offensive skills come together and he challenges for league MVP honors, his team’s record be damned.

Yes, sign me up for that, please. 

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.