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     The Pirates just finished their 18th straight losing season, and 2010 was by far the worst season of those 18.  At least 1997 was close to respectable at 79-83 and within shouting distance of .500.  Last season’s record was 57-105 which represents a .352 winning percentage.  How does a team accomplish such a [...]

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If you only look at the 75-87 record for 2010, the Cubs look a lot like…well, the Cubs.  To make matters worse, they don’t have a lot of flexibility going forward into 2011, because they are burdened with some horrific contracts.  Alfonso Soriano ($18M), Carlos Zambrano ($17.875M), Kosuke Fukudome ($13.5M), Carlos Silva ($11.5M), Ryan Dempster ($13.5M), [...]

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Looking back at 2010 should give Cardinal Nation a bit of hope for the future.  After all, this team was a full game ahead of the Reds on August 12th and fresh off of a 3 game sweep at Cincinnati.  A snapshot of 08/12/10 shows that the Cardinals were 64-49 and two games ahead of [...]

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It’s never too early to start looking at the competition in the NL Central division, and it’s not a bad idea to take stock of things before free agency changes the competitive landscape.  I’ll begin by looking south of St. Louis at the Houston Astros – the team that surprised many by posting a 76-86 [...]

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