5 Reasons Why the Pittsburgh Pirates Will Win the 2013 World Series
5 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Pirates Should Be World Series Favorites
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be making the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Pirates fans should be happy with how the 2013 season has progressed. Most people entered this season with hopes of the Bucs finally breaking the streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons; the Pirates have broken that streak and done way more. How far can the Pirates take this though?
After watching this team since April, it looks to me like this is a team that has a legitimate shot at going all the way to the World Series and possibly even winning it. Unlike other sports, baseball is impossible to predict. The best team in the regular season could find themselves eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Look at last season -- the Texas Rangers were the best team in the American League for a majority of the season. In the last few weeks of the season, the Oakland Athletics made a tremendous run, overtaking the Rangers for first place in the AL West division. The Rangers ended up being a Wild Card team and got eliminated in the Wild Card round by the upstart Baltimore Orioles.
This is why nothing in baseball is automatic. More than any other sport, the worst teams in baseball are able to sometimes beat the best teams. The playoffs usually come down to whoever has the best pitching staff at the time, and the Pirates have had that for a large portion of the 2013 season. In this slideshow, we will take a look at a few reasons why the Pirates will win the World Series this season.
The Pirates have had the best bullpen in baseball for the entire season. Led by Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, the Pirates will have an advantage over any other team after the sixth inning.
Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole will probably make up the Pirates’ playoff rotation. Liriano is a Cy Young award candidate, Morton is a ground ball machine, Burnett is a veteran that can hopefully provide some good innings, and Cole is a rookie that shows tremendous poise in pressure situations.
3. The New Guys
Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau have provided a nice boost to the Pirates’ offense in their short time with the team. Byrd has been a consistent run producer and Morneau has given the Pirates a good at-bat seemingly every time he’s been at the plate, along with good defense.
2. Defense, Defense, Defense
Thanks to Clint Hurdle and the Pirates coaching staff, the Pirates have had the best defensive efficiency in baseball this season. The Pirates have made excellent use of the defensive shifts that have become so popular in baseball in recent years. The Pirates’ defense is led by Russell Martin behind the plate, Starling Marte in left field and Clint Barmes at shortstop.
1. National League MVP, Andrew McCutchen
What else needs to be said? The Pirates have the NL MVP on their team, and that’s a huge advantage. McCutchen is a great example of an all-around player. He has good plate discipline, hits for a high average with decent power and great speed and defense. He is determined to bring a World Series championship back to Pittsburgh.