Projecting the Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day Bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 27: Keone Kela #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 27: Keone Kela #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

With the start of the shortened 60-game 2020 season less than three weeks away, what could the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen look like when the season starts?

Even though the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the United States, Major League Baseball still plans to start their 2020 regular season on July 23 and/or 24. Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with the rest of baseball, began training for the season at their home ballparks. Fingers are crossed, and people remain cautiously optimistic that baseball will be played this summer.

As we forge forward into the unknown, although, hopefully, it will be an unknown that includes baseball, predictions can start to be made about the 2020 season. Well, at least the best predictions that can be made for a 60-game season during a global virus pandemic.

One of the types of predictions fans will start to see the next few weeks will be about what each team’s Opening Day roster will look like. What will be there starting lineup? Who will be in each starting rotation? What about each team’s bench and bullpen?

Well, today, we will take our first such stab at making a prediction for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today, we will take a stab at predicting the team’s Opening Day bullpen.

Since MLB teams will be permitted to start the season with a 30-man roster, my guess is there will be a lot of 10-man bullpens. This prediction for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be under the assumption that they will roll with a 10-man bullpen to start the season.

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