The Dodgers seemingly were the best team early, and for a while it looked like they would go in to cruise control but they fell back hard. Barely have the best record now. I usually wait until the All Star break to really evaluate teams and get a better feeling then for who's real and who's not.
By the way, when's the last time anyone was able to say "Hey, that Orioles and Pirates series should be pretty good"?
Pirates offense is historically bad. They have just managed to win an obscene amount of close games. They, like the Dodgers, will come crashing down to earth very soon. Orioles have already started to come back to earth, tho they are better than the Pirates.
If there's one good thing about the Pirates offense, it's Andrew McCutchen. Neil Walker is a good youngster too. Having an amazing start to the month, probably going to get hot now that the pressure of batting cleanup is behind him. 2nd spot should be good for him. Jones and Alavarez provide a little power. Unfortunately, they are all young players and it's tough to be consistent hitting when you're depending on an offense stacked with younger talent. Which explains why as team they are so horribly ranked.
Joel Hanrahan has become one of baseball's best closers. Unlike last year, he's blown a couple already, but he's without a doubt a reason why they've won some of those close ones. Burnett/McDonald have given them solid outings.
Pirates are a fun young team to watch. I would like to see them make some noise and surprise the league but realistically, they will probably fall off by the All Star break.
I agree with everything you said. Pirates definitely have above average starting pitching and a bullpen but with the offense, they will fall by the All Star break. I am also a Jose Tabatha fan, don't know what is wrong with him tho
Oh yeah, Tabata too. That team is just ripe with 20 somethings. He is horrible against lefties at the plate. Very good fielder though. I think he'll come around sooner or later with the bat. Definitely one of the young up and comers in the league.