The Pittsburgh Pirates fresh off a split with perennial NL East Division leader Atlanta Braves are in St.louis tonight, tomorrow and Thursday for what just might prove to be a pivitol early season series. The Bucs enter this contest firing on all cylinders and hope to send a message to the first place Cardinals that they are for real and will be in the chase all the way to the end this year. The big difference this year is not the pitching staff led by newcomers A.J. Burnett and Eric Bedard, but rather the emergence of power-hitting thirdbaseman Pedro Alvarez and an offense that is coming together full force heading into this NL Central series.
The Pirates have the underrated Alex Presley at the top of their order to start things off for now hot-hitting Jose Tabata and Neil Walker along with steady Andrew McCutchen who experienced a short little slump but appears to be out of now. You add Casey MeGehee, Garrett Jones, and now the powerful Pedro Alvarez to the mix and you have an offense that has the potential along with the strong pitching to contend for the division title. So, here we come St. Louis, when the big , bad, Buccos sweep this series you can't say you didn't see it coming, 'cause I just told you...so just accept your time on top has come to an end and watch the Pirates on top of the division now and for years to come!...And it all started now...this series...HERE COME THE BUCS!