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Cubs Carlos ZambranoPittsburgh Pirates
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

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