Great Scot - Episode 2 - Pirates: Roster Predictions

I promise not all of my articles will have some sort of prediction to it, however, the best part of the beginning of the season is the unknown and making the best guesses based upon what we know now.  It’s also a little fun to look back at the end of the season and note just how wrong we are.

So in good fun, here is my predictions for the Opening Day Roster + Lineup and the Playoff Roster + Lineup.  Please note, this is with zero trades or injuries being figured into the equation.

Opening Day Starting Line-Up

LF Starling Marte

C Russell Martin

CF Andrew McCutchen

3B Pedro Alvarez

2B Neil Walker

1B Andrew Lambo/Gaby Sanchez

RF Jose Tabata/Travis Snider

SS Jordy Mercer

 

Bench

Sanchez/Lambo

Snider/Tabata

Josh Harrison

Brent Morel

Chris Dickerson

 

Opening Day Starting Rotation

LHP Francisco Liriano

RHP Gerrit Cole

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

RHP Charlie Morton

LHP Jeff Locke

 

Bullpen

Closer – Jason Grilli

Mark Melancon

Justin Wilson

Bryan Morris

Stolmy Pimental

Tony Watson

Jeanmar Gomez

 

 

Playoff Roster

 

Playoff Starting Line-Up

LF Starling Marte

RF Gregory Polanco

CF Andrew McCutchen

3B Pedro Alvarez

C Russell Martin

2B Neil Walker

1B Andrew Lambo/Gaby Sanchez

SS Jordy Mercer

 

Playoff Starting Rotation

LHP Francisco Liriano

RHP Gerrit Cole

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

RHP Charlie Morton

RHP Jameson Taillon

 

There you go.  We’ll check back here in about six months or so to see how close I am.  If there were any upgrade to make in these lineups, it would be at 1st base if Lambo and Sanchez is ineffective.  In theory, RF will be taken over by Polanco and I kept Wandy in the starting rotation and replacing Locke, however it wouldn’t shock me to see that reversed to make room for Taillon.

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