2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Season

2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Season

While the Pittsburgh Pirates have well over a decade’s worth of losing seasons, the 2011 season for the team was certainly a great surprise, especially during the first half.  With a 2010 record of 57-105 it wasn’t expected that the Pirates would make a lot of noise in 2011.  A lot of it has to do with having such a young team full of potential talent.  The offense going into the 2011 season would be placed on the shoulders of 24 year old Neil Walker, 23 year old Andrew McCutchen, and 21 year old Jose Tabata.  The starting pitching and bullpen were much the same as well, with James McDonald being converted from reliever to starting pitcher.

As the midseason came to an end in 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates shockingly found themselves atop the National League Central with a record of 52-47.  One of the main reasons for the team’s success to the midseason point was a strong pitching rotation; the rotation had an overall ERA lower than 3.50, which was one of the best in the league at the time.  The role players mentioned earlier also stepped it up, with McCutchen earning an all-star appearance for his stellar hitting.

Unfortunately during the latter part of the regular season the starting pitching somehow lost its touch, and even with the additions of Ryan Ludwick and Derrek Lee the offense stagnated as well.  Combine these two together and you have a team that will end another season with a losing record.  However, there is much to be said of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.  Their starting pitching certainly showed flashes of brilliance, and if they can continue to develop alongside a young offense one can expect this team to break the losing record very soon.


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