Monday, January 19, 2015

Early Pirates Lineup and roster perdiction

Spring training is only a few weeks away finally!   And here is a simple prediction for what I feel the opening day line up will be.  Not much research behind.

1> Josh Harrison 3rd base
2> Gregory Polanco Right Field
3> Andrew McCutchen Center Field
4> Neal Walker 2nd Base
5> Pedro Alvarez 1st Base
6> Starling Marte Left Field
7> Francisco Cervelli Catcher
8> Jordy Mercer Short Stop
9> Pitcher

Starting Rotation:
Francisco Liriano
Garret Cole
AJ Burnett
Vance Worley
Jeff Loche

Bullpen
Antonio Bastardo
Jared Hughes
Tony Watson
John Holdzkom
Mark Melancon
Brandon Cumpton

Bench
Jung-Ho Kang
Sean Rodriguez
Travis Snider
Cory Hart
Chris Stewart
Andrew Lambo

Marte and Polanco could switch in the order as well as Walker and Alvarez depending how they are performing through spring and Cervelli could certainly move up if he shows his power wasn't a fluke.

where the real questions are the bottom of the rotation, Morton "could" be back by opening day but I suspect the team will want to play it safe givin his injury history and give him a couple of starts off.  Cumpton could beat out Loche for the last spot that would put Loche back in AAA.

Kang on the bench to start the season is expected to be able to play 2nd, 3rd, Short and possibly corner out field.  Basically the Korean version of J-Hay.  Sean Rodriguez is another of those utilities who has played every position except catcher and pitcher at the MLB level.  Snider will get some starts and plenty of pinch hit chances.  Hart will play against lefties and maybe some defensive situations.  Stewart will be the backup catcher to start with Sanchez poking in if there is an injury.

The last spot i'm not sure on.  If Lambo can play some first he may get the call. Pedro Florimon is also an option to be the regular backup short if Kang cannot handle MLB shortstop.

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