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Strengths: Everyone on this team is young and a work in progress. 2B Neil Walker, 3B Pedro Alvarez, and OF Garrett Jones all have shown promise, but as long as they are playing in Pittsburgh, they won’t get much recognition. The addition of 1B Lyle Overbay will give the offense a much-needed boost.
Weaknesses: Pitching. They had a team ERA of 5.00 and lost 105 games last season. Need I say more?
Analysis: Hang on Pittsburgh fans, you are in for another long season. It probably won’t be as bad as last year, but you can expect another bottom-of-the-barrel performance. You have to give them credit for trying.
Prediction: 6th in NL Central
More 2011 NL Central Predictions after the jump >>
The moral of the story regarding the Mitchell Report and well, anything related to steroids is: Don’t Lie To Congress. Just ask Barry “Typographical Error” Bonds and now, Roger Clemens. As you may have heard, Congress wants an investigation, blah, blah, blah, perjury, blah, blah, blah, Roger Clemens. Meanwhile, stuff like this is still going on unchecked.
OK, political soap-boxes aside, Clemens is now a Congressional target and if those pictures of him at Canseco’s party come out, coupled with the Pettitte/McNamee testimony, he’s not going to be able to escape some kind of punishment. However, Clemens isn’t backing down from his denials, either.
Although, the iceberg that could potentially sink his ship is the infamous BBQ pictures. If these see the light of day, then that confirms he is a liar in the eyes of Congress and the rest of the world.
Ideas for Clemens after the jump ››