Maybe those who have watched the two games with the Cubs can please add their comments. My goal is to appraise how the Pirate’s talent stacks up to various teams. I think the team we fielded last year at the beginning of the year had less talent than most teams we faced. However this year is different, at least in position players. So gauging the Pirate’s against other teams seems like an interesting exercise.
It looks like to me that the Pirate’s position player talent is equal and younger than the Cubs. With the exception of Sterling Castro, I think the Pirate’s have at least equal talent to the Cubs. The Cubs have more experience but no more talent. In fact while Castro is way better than anything we have, McCutchen is way better than any OF the Cubs have.
As for pitchers, I’d give the edge to the Cub’s SP. However I like our bullpen better (assuming the blow game by Meek yesterday was an aberration). Again we have talent and youth which (we hope) will prove out.