Series Preview: Pirates hope to continue strong start against Nationals

After sweeping the Miami Marlins to start the 2024 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates make their way up the coast to Washington D.C. on Monday to take on the Washington Nationals.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins / Rich Storry/GettyImages
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PIRATES' PROJECTED STARTERS

The Pirates used four different starting lineups in their opening series against the Miami Marlins but we do have a good idea of who will start for the Pirates this week at each position.

C - Henry Davis
1B - Connor Joe
2B - Jared Triolo
3B - Ke'Bryan Hayes
SS - Oneil Cruz
LF - Bryan Reynolds
CF - Michael A. Taylor
RF - Edward Olivares
DH - Andrew McCutchen

ANALYSIS:

The Pirates bats had a strong start to the season, hitting .284/.382/.432 as a team. The Buccos went deep four times but drove in 46 total runs in the series. They'll now look to carry that success over

Henry Davis had a tough first three games of his season, going 2-for-12 but does appear to be seeing the ball well with three walks. It was also a tough start for Jack Suwinski (2-for-14) and Andrew McCutchen (0-for-9). We'll see how many at-bats either gets in this series. 

On the positive side of things, Ke'Bryan Hayes is off to a great start with eight hits in his first 18 at-bats. He also has four RBI and four walks in his first 23 plate appearances in total. 

Also off to strong starts at the plate include Michael A. Taylor (5-for-13, 3 RBI), ONeil Cruz (5-for-14, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Edwarard Olivares (4-for-12, 1 HR, 3 RBI ), Bryan Renyolds (6-for-19, 1 HR, 5 RBI), and Connor Joe (6-for-19, 3 RBI).