I think that the Pittsburgh Pirates are legitimate contenders. They have all the pieces in place. They have some unbelievable pitching, with AJ Burnett and James McDonald, who are both seriously considered for the Cy Young award. That is a great one-two combination, enough to get them close in their division race, but they have a lights out closer in Joel Hanrahan, an All-Star with 24 saves, which is in the top five in the MLB. In addition, they have some great hitting. Andrew McCutchen is the National League MVP, hands down, in my opinion, and he's going to carry this team deep. Pedro Alvarez is a big bat in the middle of the lineup with 17 home runs. That seems like enough to get them to the playoffs. They are also playing in one of the closest divisions in baseball, with the Cardinals and Reds all fighting for the spot at the top of the division. And, against all odds, the Pirates are sitting in that spot. In the playoffs, I believe the Pirates will lose the division series in four games, for they just don't have any experience. They will be back soon, however!