Yet again, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers have been rained out
Originally, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers were supposed to start their season-opening series on Thursday afternoon. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas pushing the season opener back to Friday.
This led to a wild affair on Friday afternoon that saw the Pirates defeat the Tigers 13-10 in 13 innings. Additionally, this game was the longest time wise on Opening Day since 1908. Now, rain has reared its ugly head once again causing the second rainout in three days.
The second game of this three-game series was supposed to be played at 1:10 this afternoon at Comerica Park. However, due to rain, the two teams will now play a doubleheader on Sunday instead.
The first game of the doubleheader will be at 1:10 p.m., while the nightcap will begin at 6:10 p.m. Trevor Williams, who was originally slated to start on Saturday, will pitch game one for the Pirates while Chad Kuhl will get the ball in game two.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are now on pace to break the franchise record for runs scored, runs allowed, and rainouts in one season.
This rainout will wreck havoc on the Pirates from a scheduling standpoint. The team will now play three games in two cities in a 24 hour stretch between Sunday and Monday. After Sunday’s 6:10 p.m. game ends, the team will then fly home to Pittsburgh to prepare for Monday afternoon’s 1:10 p.m. 2018 home opener.
Having to play the schedule that is now in front of the Pirates is reminiscent of Labor Day Weekend 2015 when the team played the Cardinals in St. Louis for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, and then on Labor Day played the Reds in Cincinnati at 12:35 p.m. When that happened, the Bucs defeated the Cardinals and lost to the Reds.
Moving forward, Jameson Taillon will still pitch on Monday. Following Tuesday’s off day, Ivan Nova should get the ball against the Twins on Wednesday. Odds are, Joe Musgrove will then make his Pirate debut against the Reds on Thursday night.