The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon.
A.J. Burnett will get his second start of the spring. Perhaps he will throw a few hooks today? In his first start, A.J. who prepares slowly and steadily in camp, he focused on his fastball. The results were so-so, but the pickoff move was strong while the defense behind (and in front of him on the popup triple) did the right hander no favors.
The lineup is posted above and for those with graphic challenges this morning, here it is again.
1. Starling Marte in left and leading off
2. Alex Presley in centerfield as Andrew McCutchen and most of the Bucs core is off the field today.
3. Travis Snider in right (So what Joe Tabata is hot–the Bucs look like they are making him earn it.)
4. Gaby Sanchez at first base.
5. Russell Martin will DH with a gimp shoulder.
6. Mike McKenry will be behind the dish for A.J.
7. Jared Goedert will be at the hot corner.
8. Jordy Mercer is at second base and has been hitting well this spring
9. Chase d’Arnaud will be the shortstop.
Also getting work in the game today will be a few members of the Pirates pitching staff. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will follow A.J. and is looking for a good outing for the first time this spring.
Another lefty–the Superstar of the Winter Leagues, Kris Johnson will attempt to revive his darkhorse candidacy for a roster spot.
The Pirates will finish with some hard throwers in Vic Black, Duke Welker, and Hunter Strickland is scheduled to close out the game.