The Pirates take on the Orioles at McKechnie Field today. First pitch is scheduled to be at 6:05PM. The weather appears to be of the partly cloudy variety with a game temperature of 82°.
Trevor Williams is set to take the mound in today’s matchup. Coming over in a trade with Miami, Williams appears to be on his way to Indy, but will add to the depth at pitching the Pirates have been hoarding to. Williams has just pitched two innings this spring, but didn’t allow any runs while doing so. He owns a lifetime 3.35 ERA in the minors, but most recently in double A Jacksonville, he pitched 117 innings of 4.00 ERA baseball. Hopefully against a power hitting team like the Orioles, the Searage Magic will start showing through and he’ll present the ability to produce when his named is called upon this year at PNC.
The lineup is looking more and more like an everyday lineup come April. Batting McCutchen is no longer something Hurdle is tinkering with, but rather an official change. It would also appear that he’s set having John Jaso as the lead off hitter as well. Jaso hasn’t been doing much with the bat this spring. He’s collected just six hits to a tune of a .207 batting average. What’s clearly showing is his on base presence. He’s tallied eight walks so far giving him an OBP of an astounding .395. Once his average really starts to come up, this guy could be a real lightening in a bottle for Pittsburgh.
Hurdle has tinkered around with the player batting third, and today Cervelli is getting the nod. I potentially like this better than Freese, but my stomach still gets an ache thinking about who the third guy will be in this lineup. Cervelli as enjoyed his spring as he’s batting .267 with an on base of .389. Marte will resume his cleanup duties and is looking to have a monster year in 2016. He will be followed by Polanco, Harrison, Mercer, Rodriguez, and Goebbert. Once you replace Rodriguez with Kang, and bump everyone down a spot as Kang resumes his fifth spot in the order, you can see how impactful this lineup will be.
The Pirates will be facing Ubaldo Jimenez today. Jimenez has had an adventurous career to say the least. Last season he pitched 118 innings of 4.11 ERA, and for the spring his ERA sits at 9.45 in just 6.2 innings. Here’s to seeing many strikeouts by Pedro and a lot of runs scored by the Pirates! Let’s Go Bucs!
- Jaso 1B
- McCutchen CF
- Cervelli C
- Marte LF
- Polanco RF
- Harrison 2B
- Mercer SS
- Rodriguez 3B
- Goebbert DH