First Pitch: Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Over/Unders

The 2012 season will have a lot of story lines which will determine the Pirates’ success. How well will Pedro Alvarez do? How many starts will Erik Bedard make? Will Alex Presley establish himself as a starting outfielder? How far will Jeff Karstens regress from his 2011 numbers? And most importantly, how many wins will the Pirates have?

You can make your choices for some of these topics below. The winner gets, well, nothing. I’m not keeping track. But tomorrow night I’ll take a look at the consensus results.

Pedro Alvarez Home Runs

There’s a lot of over/unders we could do with Pedro Alvarez. But using a simple approach, his home runs should tell the story. If he’s playing well, he’ll have a shot at hitting more than 20 homers. If he’s not playing well, he probably won’t be on the roster long enough for 20 homers. So will he be over 20 homers or under?

Erik Bedard Starts

It’s not really a question of how good Erik Bedard will be. It’s more a question of how long he will stay healthy. He made 24 starts last year, but hasn’t made more than 15 from 2008-2010. How many will he make for the Pirates?

Alex Presley OPS

Alex Presley posted an .804 OPS in 215 at-bats last year. If he were to do that over the course of a full season, he’d establish himself as a strong starting outfielder. Can he repeat those numbers over a full season?

Jeff Karstens ERA

Jeff Karstens had a 3.38 ERA last year, although his secondary numbers and unsustainable high strand rate suggest a regression. How far will that regression go?

Joel Hanrahan Last Pirates Appearance of the Season

If Joel Hanrahan repeats his 2011 season, he will likely be due $7-8 M in 2013. That would make him a prime trade candidate this year. Will he be traded by the deadline? If you think he will, select the “Under” below. If you think he will stick around and make an appearance for the Pirates beyond the deadline, select the “Over”.

Wins

Vegas has the over-under for the Pirates at 73 wins. I set the over-under for 72.5. Will they win more than last year, or will the 2012 season see an overall regression?

Links and Notes

**The Pirates finalized their 25-man roster today. Matt Hague and Jared Hughes both made their first Opening Day rosters.

**Here is the extended Spring Training roster. These are the guys who will end up on short-season teams later in the year.

**Wrapping up the season previews are a look at the 2012 Indianapolis Indians, and a look at the 2012 Pirates’ bench.

**Prospect Notebook: Hunter Strickland throws five innings in a Marauders’ scrimmage.

**Kevin Creagh looks at why he still follows the Pirates.

About Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He is a credentialed media member with every team in the Pirates’ system, including the Pirates themselves. He’s a regular guest on Extra Innings on 104.7, and makes regular appearances on ESPN 970, 93.7 The Fan, and TribLIVE Radio in Pittsburgh, as well as ESPN 1430 in Altoona and ESPN 1450 in State College.

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