Predicting The Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day Roster

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Feb 28, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13) walks off the field before the start of the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates is just four days away

In just four days the Pittsburgh Pirates will travel to Fenway Park in Boston. There, they will begin their season opening three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. However, their 25-man roster is not yet set.

Most of the team’s Opening Day roster is known. The Pirates’ starting eight, five of the seven arms in the bullpen, four of their five starting pitchers, and three of their five bench players are known. This, however, leaves five spots still available on the Opening Day roster.

These five spots consist of two spots in the bullpen, one spot in the starting rotation, and two spots on the bench. Since Grapefruit League play has ended, odds are, barring any injuries this weekend in Montreal Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington already know who will go north to Boston with the club on Monday.

So, who are the most likely bets to open up the year in Pittsburgh? And who is likely to open the year in Indianapolis, or another organization? Let’s take a stab at predicting the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Opening Day 25-man roster.