|Pittsburgh Pirates 2006 summary|
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 2008 SUMMARY
MLB odds show that the Pirates finished 68-94 last season which put them in last place in a weak National League Central division. Things should be better against the MLB betting odds this year. MLB betting odds have the Pirates an underdog most of the time. That means you can make some money when you find the spots to take the Pirates against the MLB odds.
The Pirates have a solid closer in Matt Capps and a good young pitcher in Tom Gorzelanny according to MLB betting odds. The starting lineup according to MLB betting odds experts has Ronny Paulino at catcher, Adam LaRoche at first and Freddy Sanchez at second. Jack Wilson is at short and third base is Jose Bautista. Left fielder Jason Bay and center fielder Xavier Nady are very solid according to MLB odds experts while the other spot goes to some combination of Nyjer Morgan, Nate McLouth, Steve Pearce, Ryan Doumit or Andrew McCutchen.
After Gorzelanny in the rotation the Pirates have lefty Paul Maholm and righty Ian Snell according to MLB betting odds experts. Zach Duke also returns along with veteran Matt Morris. The bullpen needs someone to setup Capps and the Pirates also need to add depth on the bench according to MLB betting odds experts. GM Neal Huntington will try and add the pieces to get the Pirates into contention according to experts that look at MLB betting odds.
The key for Pittsburgh according to MLB odds experts is the starting pitching. The rotation could turn into one of the best in baseball according to MLB betting odds experts if things go right. Tom Gorzelanny, Ian Snell, Paul Maholm and Zach Duke can all dazzle at times and if they finally put it altogether it would be quite a rotation according to MLB betting odds experts with Morris taking the 5th spot. Gorzelanny and Snell nearly made the All-Star game last year. The two staff aces became the first pair of Pirates pitchers since 2001 to log more than 200 innings in a season, with Gorzelanny pitching 201 2/3 innings and Snell, 208.
Duke is the big key according to MLB betting odds experts. Three years ago he was blowing people away. Last year the Pirates lost most games he started. If he turns things around then the Pirates can compete according to MLB betting odds experts. The Pirates also have John Van Benschoten, Sean Burnett and Bryan Bullington looking for starts.