Every Spring before the baseball season starts for the past 5 years i have always been optimistic about the pirates. My dad would laugh at me and all my friends would tell me i am stupid. This optimism usually dies about this point of the season, however this year i have a different feeling. The way our acquisitions from the traded last year have been playing have really made me feel good about the trades. Say what you want about Andy, but he has had a very fine season thus far. A very encouraging average and better play in the field, i would like to see more power and RBIS but he is playing 100 times better than he did last year. Moss has also come on recently, his average is now around 260, and is one of the hotter pirates hitters, he also needs to hit with more power. Also Ohlendorf i think has pitched very well. i Think he has been our 2nd best pitcher so far this season, and am very happy the pirates gave him an opportunity to start (something i pushed for during spring training). With these three players along with karstens (who has been decent at best) and Tabata, Morris and Hansen, i Think the two trades last year are looking very very good for us. Morris is projected to be a number one starter, Tabata who is 20 i think showed what he can do at such a young age during spring training, and Hansen has been serviceable this year and is only going to get better. Throw in McCutchen, Pedro Alverez, Lincoln who will all be with the show in a couple years, and i truly feel we will have a very competitive team. As for this year i beileve we can hang around the .500 mark and maybe finish with a record above .500. with McClouth, freddy, jack, Morgan,Adam LaRoche and getting Doumit back i think our offense wil be pretty good, its gunna come down to our starting pitching. Malhom and Ohlendorf and Duke ( who has been a pleasant surprise) need to keep doing what they are doing and hopefully Snell turns it around and Gorzy replaces Karstens. I am not a fan of Karstens at all and believe that we need to replace him with Gorzy, after all two years ago gorzy was our best pitcher, and i believe he is that pitcher and that last year was a fluke (not the other way around). overall we as fans really need to stick with this team, it will be much more gratifying when they are winning to say " i was with this team at the lowest of lows". Well the lowest of lows is behind us Pirates faithfull, we are on the up swing and will continue to get better and better over the coming years. GO BUCS!!!