Pittsburgh Pirates Grapefruit League Game 13: 2019 AT&T SportsNet Premiere
By Marty Leap
For the first time this spring, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be on TV in Pittsburgh on AT&T SportsNet on Thursday afternoon
Following a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that was televised on ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 6-5-1 in Grapefruit League play. Next up for the Bucs, is a Thursday afternoon match up against the Baltimore Orioles. This game, scheduled for a 1:05 PM first pitch, will be televised locally on AT&T SportsNet.
This will be the first time this spring the Bucs have been televised on their flagship television network. It will also be the first time many Pirate fans get to see likely fifth starter Jordan Lyles in a Bucco uniform. This is due to Lyles being scheduled to start for the Pirates on Thursday.
Lyes is competing with Nick Kingham, Rookie Davis, and Steven Brault for the final spot in the Pirate rotation. So far this spring, Lyles has struggled. In two outings this spring, Lyles has allowed four runs on eight hits, three walks, and just two strikeouts in 5 innings of work.
Luckily for Lyles, Brault and Kingham have struggled as well. Davis has appeared in just one game, and he pitched a pair of scoreless innings. However, he appears to be a longshot to make the roster.
Before the end of Grapefruit League play, the Pirates will want to see Lyles start to pitch well. Thursday afternoon is the next opportunity for him to do that.
Lyles is scheduled to pitch 4 innings on Thursday afternoon. Four more ptichers are then scheduled to pitch after him. These four pitchers are Nick Burdi, Francisco Liriano, Alex McRae, and Brandon Waddell.
Both Burdi and Liriano appear to be safe bets to make the Opening Day bullpen. This makes both of them intriguing arms to watch on Thursday afternoon. As for McRae and Waddell, both appear ticked for Triple-A.
If you can not watch the game on AT&T SporstNet, it will also be broadcast on the team’s flagship radio station 93.7 The Fan. Pirates.com and the MLB At Bat App will carry the game as well.