The Pittsburgh Pirates starters will be able to begin answering questions that swirled this offseason. Does this team have enough depth? Is it experienced enough? Can the arms in the mix avoid nagging injuries like what Jeff Locke is fighting through at the moment? Will they be able to fight through the dead arm period?
The questions can start to be answered today in Fort Myers against the Twins. Gerrit Cole, the owner of a 9.00 ERA this spring, will continue to get back in form against a Minnesota lineup that shouldn’t provide too much trouble. The Twins, who were shut down by David Price yesterday, will send right-hander Kevin Correia who hasn’t allowed an earned run this spring.
The Pirates announced today that Jeanmar Gomez will get the start tomorrow against everyone’s favorite AL team, the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be a good test as the Bucs stretch out the right-hander who thrived as he rediscovered himself in the 2013 season.
The remainder of the week will see Pirates starters trying to get back on track after a strong start. Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton are two arms that I am not concerned with heading into the season.
But we will watch Wandy Rodriguez very closely as the southpaw looks like he is right back where he needs to be, firmly planted in the starting five. Anything would be better than watching sad Wandy on the Bucs bench–those pics became so damn familiar recently.
Of course the pitcher everyone loves to hate will be under a watchful eye. Edinson Volquez received some kind words from his GM. The Pirates Neal Huntington said that he saw a few good things around those long balls hit by J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis of the Orioles on Sunday.
Tony Sanchez backed up Volquez which was cool. But positive results need to start showing for the Pirates big offseason acquisition, later this week would be a good time to see it.
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