I predicted after the Bucs picked up AJ Burnett that they would win this division and I am even more sure of this now.
They are finally seeing some offense to go with a pitching staff that I would put up against any other team's right now. The team had a taste of pennant fever 2/3rds of the way through last season before collapsing in August. That experience will bode well for this young team this season.
Pittsburgh is also hungry for a winner. 19 seasons of losing, yet their fans still come out in droves to their pristine ballpark when there is even a hint of success in the air.
Andrew McCutcheon looks like an MVP candidate, Pedro Alvarez is starting to show the power prowess that was advertised when they drafted him, and they have the best closer in the game right now with Joel Hanrahan.
I write this not because, as the co-author of Steve Blass' autobiography, I am caught up the all things Pirates. I could just see plain as day the division weakening and the Pirates slowly improving.
A trade at the deadline for another bat puts them over the top.