With the start of Spring Training less than five days away the Pittsburgh Pirates have the weapons at their disposal to have a great bullpen in 2019.
Over the years many things have changed in the game of baseball. One thing that has not changed, however, and never will, is that good pitching beats good hitting. Ultimately, pitching wins games.
This is a good thing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. When Pirate pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton, Florida, later this week for the start of Spring Training, it will be a talented group doing so. The pitching staff for the 2019 edition of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club should be one of the best in the National Leagues.
Part of this talented pitching staff is a bullpen that figures to be one of the best in the NL. Led by a great 8th/9th inning duo and strong middle relief, the Pirate ‘pen is one that should allow the team to play a lot of five and six inning games this season.
While some spots in the Pirate bullpen will be locked up entering Spring Training, there are a few spots that will be up for grabs in Bradenton. What pitchers will enter the spring looking to compete for spots in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen?