Pirates Set Opening Day Lineup

Seven different Pirates got hits off Jake Arrieta as final game ends in a tie.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 27, 2018 - 5:16 pm
Jameson Taillon

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The Pirates third tie this spring closes Grapefruit League play in a 5-5 deadlock with the Phillies.  Jameson Taillon went three scoreless innings in his final start before the home opener.  Taillon allowed two hits, no walks and struck out four.

“I didn’t want to go 12 days between pitching,” Taillon said.  “Everything felt good.  I’m healthy and ready to go.”

Josh Bell hit a 3-run homer off Arrieta in the first.  Colin Moran had a couple of hits and a RBI, finishing the spring with a .362 average.

Lineup for Game One

Manager Clint Hurdle is going with this lineup Thursday in Detroit

Adam Frazier-DH

Josh Harrison

Gregory Polanco

Josh Bell

Corey Dickerson

Starling Marte

Francisco Cervelli

Colin Moran

Jordy Mercer

“We have been very steadfast in what we are trying to do offensively no matter who is on the mound,” Hurdle said.  “Today you saw pushed bunts, double steals, Mercer stealing third base, a hit-and-run with Cervelli.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but we are going to be not predictable.”

Hurdle said he likes the length in the lineup and they are counting on the tandem of right and left and the power.

“We’ve got a nice opportunity to be challenged right away.  The Zimmerman kid is good, the Fulmer kid is good, Liriano, we’ve seen it, he can be really good.  It’s the big leagues.  I’m looking forward to watching this lineup play out because there are some guys you can move a little bit.  But we are going to try to keep some stability in a lot of different places.”

Indians Take 2 from Pirates

Lefty reliever Jack Leathersich was claimed by Cleveland.  The 27-year-old had an 11.57 ERA in five Spring Training games with the Pirates.

Rule 5 pick Jordan Milbrath cleared waivers and then was offered back to the Indians.  The righty was one of the last Pirates roster moves, he gave up eight earned runs in 8.1 innings this spring.

Those moves leave the Pirates with three open spots on the 40-man roster.

Spring Leaders

Francisco Cervelli led the regulars with a .405 batting average while Jose Osuna led in home runs, 5, and RBI, 16.  Moran had the most hits with 19, one better than Adam Frazier.  Sean Rodriguez led the team with 20 strikeouts, seven more than Starling Marte, who was second.

Steven Brault and Clay Holmes each had a pair of wins.  Taillon had the best ERA among the starters at 2.13 while George Kontos led relievers at 1.35.  Chad Kuhl led with 17 innings and Tyler Glasnow was seven better than Trevor Williams with 25 strikeouts.

End of Camp with 11-19-3 record

“I like what we’ve done behind the plate,” Hurdle said about this year’s camp.  “I like the growth of the rotation, their cohesion.  The infielders worked extremely hard, the outfielders-we want to keep them on the field.”

“There have been a lot of good things,” said GM Neal Huntington.  “We haven’t played well consistently enough for the W’s to show up, but individually there’s been some guys who have taken some good steps forward.”

Huntington pointed out he enjoyed seeing the camp from Austin Meadows and having him back healthy and showing off his athleticism.

“Our team is ready to play,” Hurdle said.  “Now the season is going to start.  The games are going to count.  And we will be judged on our play.  I think we are all looking forward to that.  We’re looking forward to a change of scenery as well.  Time to play ball.”