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After losing in the National League wild-card gamein 2014 and 2015, the Pirates mi sed the playoffs altogether Javier Baez Womens Cool Base Jersey last season.Injuries, poor play by Andrew McCutchen, and a changing rotation stifled Pittsburgh's promising progre s. Yet, things are pointing in the right direction for a rebound.Despite playing in arguably the deepest division in MLB the NL Central Pittsburgh has enough talent in every facet to claw its way back into the postseason.Getting McCutchen back up to speed will be the first step. If he struggles as much as he did to begin last season, McCutchencould find himself on a different team by the end of July.It will be interesting to see Yu Darvish Jersey how the Pirates start sprinkling in theirlatest crop of young stars. Josh Bell andJameson Taillon are ready now, but the two with the most upside Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows are patiently awaiting their chance.Pittsburgh Pirates schedule 2017The Pirates begin the season with a three-game series at Boston, starting opening day, April 3. Gerrit Cole will face off against reigning AL Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello in Game 1.Pittsburgh's home opener is April 7 against the Braves, which starts a three-game series.The Pirates' key series in the opening month is a three-game road trip at Wrigley Field. Stealing a couple wins would be huge for momentum.Pittsburgh Pirates rosterPirates projected opening day lineup1.Josh Harrison, 2B2.Josh Bell, 1B3.Andrew McCutchen, RF4.Starling Marte, Willson Contreras Jersey CF5.Gregory Polanco, LF6.David Freese, 3B7.Francisco Cervelli, C8.Jordy Mercer, SSPirates projected rotation1.Gerrit Cole, RHP2.Jameson Taillon, RHP3. Ivan Nova, RHP4.Juan Nicasio, RHP5.Chad Kuhl, RHPPirates projected bullpenCloser:Tony Watson, LHPSetup:Antonio Bastardo, LHPSetup:Daniel Hudson, RHPPirates fantasy baseball sleeperIvan Nova, SP Nova's career floundered in New York with the Yankees, but he looked like a man reborn after a July trade sent him to Pittsburgh. He allowed just 22 earned runs in 64 2/3 innings during the last two months of the regular season. It will be interesting to see if he has turned a corner, or will revert back to his mediocre ERAs Kris Bryant Cool Base White Jersey .Pirates top prospect(s)Tyler Glasnow, SP; Austin Meadows, OF; Josh Bell, 1B The Pirates have no shortage of young talent. All three of these guys are likely to see extended time in MLB this season, with Bell projected to open the season at first base. Though Bell doesn't po se s the pure power most first basemen displayin the minors, he has potential to hit over .300 and still launch15-20 home runs.Glasnow has ace potential, but Pittsburgh will be patient with Kris Bryant Jersey him after he struggled with walks last season.

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