Mar 1, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez (14) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the top of the fourth inning of a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day Lineup


Oct. 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) waits his turn to bat in the on-deck circle against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates open the season tomorrow at 1:35 vs the Chicago Cubs. It could be a cool wet afternoon in PNC, with temperatures hovering around the mid-40s and the weather calling for a few scattered showers. The starting pitchers will be AJ Burnett and Jeff Samardzija.

Both pitchers had strong outings vs their respective opponents last season. Samardzija threw his best games of the season against the Pirates. He tossed 8 scoreless innings in July and then a a 9 strike out complete-game win in his last outing of the year in September. Both games were played in Pittsburgh.

Burnett also threw a complete-game one-hitter vs Chicago last season.

The two teams know each other extremely well and the pitchers should make for an extremely exciting opening day. This will be Burnett’s first opening day assignment so expect him to be geared up tomorrow.

Below you will find the opening day lineup for the Pirates. This lineup includes spring training stats and splits against the Cubs last season. The most notable surprise about this lineup is Garrett Jones.

Jones will be starting in RF despite the fact that Hurdle said Snider would have the inside tract for the position. Jones will also hit second in the lineup which is something Hurdle toyed with at the end of ST.

With Jones in right, Gaby Sanchez will get the nod at first base and hitting 5th. Sanchez had a disappointing season last year but bounced back strong in the spring after fully recovering from a knee injury. Sanchez was arguably the best hitter/surprise of the spring and deserves the start.

The rest of the lineup is available here:

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OPS
LF Marte
Spring Training:

10

20

3

3

0

1

5

18

4

.323

.841

Vs. Cubs (2012):

6

11

1

3

1

7

2

12

4

.268

.823

RF Jones
Spring Training:

7

11

1

0

1

4

5

7

0

.268

.720

Vs. Cubs (2012):

6

13

4

0

2

9

5

8

0

.271

.812

CF McCutchen
Spring Training:

6

12

2

0

3

10

7

5

1

.240

.793

Vs. Cubs (2012):

13

18

2

0

4

5

15

17

4

.360

1.162

3B Alvarez
Spring Training:

4

13

5

0

2

10

2

14

0

.241

.708

Vs. Cubs (2012):

5

16

3

0

3

14

5

13

1

.267

.785

1B Sanchez
Spring Training

8

13

3

0

4

11

8

3

0

.302

1.066

Vs. Cubs (20122:

5

8

3

0

0

2

6

6

0

.276

.779

2B Walker
Spring Training:

5

11

1

0

1

4

4

12

0

.200

.527

Vs. Cubs (2012):

4

8

2

0

2

8

4

9

1

.216

.711

C Martin
Spring Training:

1

6

3

0

0

3

7

8

1

.150

.517

Vs. Cubs (2012):              N/A
SS Barmes
Spring Training:

4

8

1

0

2

5

1

10

0

.178

.525

Vs. Cubs (2012):

5

8

0

0

1

2

6

7

0

.195

.595

W L ERA H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
P Burnett
Spring Training:

0

2

7.36

13

12

9

0

4

8

.289

1.55

Vs. Cubs (2012):

2

1

1.4

15

7

3

0

5

18

.195

1.05

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Campbell Sproul

    I hate this lineup, to be completely honest. We can win with it, but it shouldn’t be the regular one going forward.

    • Tyler

      Yea I agree I’d rather have:
      Marte
      Snider/Tabata
      Cutch
      El Toro
      Walker
      Jones/Sanchez
      Martin
      Barmes
      Pitcher

    • Campbell Sproul

      Seems legit. I’ve always loved Walker in the #2 hole, but with his hitting from last year, #5 might make more sense.

  • http://twitter.com/rumbunter rumbunter

    smart stuff fellas, I thought you were both off bit when Marte started off the game with a walk….but damn The Shark just mowed em down