It’s The Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day…For Real This Time

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Ivan Nova
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Ivan Nova /
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It’s Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates… for real this time

Let’s try this again. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers were supposed to begin their season-opening three game series at 1:10 on Thursday afternoon. Mother Nature, however, had other ideas.

After a rainout on Thursday, the two teams are set to begin their 2018 campaigns at 1:10 this afternoon at Comerica Park. Ivan Nova and Jordan Zimmermann are still scheduled to be the starting pitchers, and this still projects to be one of the worst Opening Day pitching matchups of all time.

Also, for those wondering as some have asked on social media, today’s game will still be aired on AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:00.

When Jordan Zimmermann fires the first pitch of his season at 1:10, Pirate designated hitter Adam Frazier will be in the left-handed hitter’s batters box waiting for it. As a reminder, here is the lineup Clint Hurdle and the Pirates will deploy today:

  1. Adam Frazier – DH
  2. Josh Harrison – 2B
  3. Gregory Polanco – RF
  4. Josh Bell – 1B
  5. Corey Dickerson – LF
  6. Starling Marte – CF
  7. Francisco Cervelli – C
  8. Colin Moran – 3B
  9. Jordy Mercer – SS

Also, below is the 25-man roster that the Pittsburgh Pirates will roll with to start the season. The team will begin the season with an eight man bullpen and just a four man bench.

With the expanded bullpen, odds are, Clint Hurdle will have a quicker hook with his starting pitchers early this season. Especially with the amount of uncertainty surrounding the ability of Chad Kuhl and Joe Musgrove to go deep into games.

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The weather report for Detroit looks much more promising today than yesterday. Today will be Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates… for real this time. Let the fun begin!

Let’s go Bucs!

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