Series Preview: Pirates open the season in Miami against the Marlins

The wait is finally over - on Thursday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates will begin their 2024 season in Miami against the Miami Marlins. 

Mar 20, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) doubles during the
Mar 20, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) doubles during the / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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Pirates' projected lineup

We'll wait and see for future series previews on how Derek Shelton is likely to set up the Pirates lineup this season but here is who is projected to be the club's Opening Day starters on Thursday. Once again, you can find their 2023 stats (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging) alongside each name.

C Henry Davis: .213/.302/.351, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 78 OPS+

1B Rowdy Tellez: .215/291/.376, 13 HR, 47 RBI, OPS+ 82

2B Jared Triolo: .298/.388/398, 3 HR, 21 RBI, OPS+ 116

3B Ke'Bryan Hayes: .271/.309/.453, 15 HR, 61 RBI, OPS+ 105

LF Jack Suwinski: .224/.339/.454, 26 HR, 74 RBI, 115 OPS+

CF Michael A. Taylor: .220/.278/.442, 21 HR, 51 RBI, 94 OPS+

RF Bryan Reynolds: .263/.330/.460, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 113 OPS+

DH Andrew McCutchen: .256/.378/.397, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 113 OPS+