The first rain out of the 2022 season has come quickly for the Pittsburgh Pirates
It has only take until game four of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates to find themselves dealing with their first rain postponement for the 2022 season. Monday afternoon’s series finale between the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium has been rained out, leading to the Cardinals capturing the series with the fourth game now being postponed.
The two teams will now make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on June 14th. This rain out has also caused manager Derek Shelton to do some juggling with the Pirate starting rotation for the next few days.
While nothing changes for Tuesday, righty Zach Thompson, who was originally slated to make his Pirate debut on Monday, will now do so on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates will then begin their second turn through the starting rotation with JT Brubaker, Mitch Keller, Bryse Wilson, and José Quintana getting the starts for their upcoming four-game series against the Washington Nationals.
Let’s just be honest here, after the offensive outburst of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sunday’s 9-4 victory the St. Louis Cardinals were afraid to play the Bucs on Monday afternoon. Out of extreme fear that the Pirate offense has found its groove, those evil, dirty, rotten, no good Red Birds tampered with the weather to cause the game to be rained out.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will return to action for their home opener as part of 412 Day on Tuesday. First pitch from PNC Park is scheduled for 4:12 PM ET. José Quintana is scheduled to make his Pirate debut, while his former team, the Chicago Cubs, are scheduled to send lefty Drew Smyly to the mound.