The Pirates nearly ended their lengthy playoff drought in 2012, but they stumbled late in the year, and the streak lives on. Many expect the Pirates to regress in 2013, but Clint Hurdle still has enough pieces that the Bucs shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are question marks on other teams within the NL Central, so perhaps Andrew McCutchen and Co. can deliver some magic in Pittsburgh. A good year should put Hurdle in the awards discussion.
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