Are things improving? Sure. But enough to win 70 games? Maybe a stretch. Jose Tabata, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez are rising young players. But the Pirates dont have anything resembling a No. 1 or No. 2 and maybe even a No. 3 starter. There isnt a power bat in the lineup though Alvarez could develop into one. The team defense is pretty bad. Other than that . . .