North Side, South Side, Sunny Side
Through my window, looks like a beautiful day in Pittsburgh. Looks aren’t deceiving. But neither do they come with a thermometer.
A couple of cold nights at the yard don’t figure to light a fire under those Pirates bats. It may be coincidental, but it occurred to me the other day that they’ve played in only two warm-weather spots all year: Florida, where they were the top hitting team for most of the Grapefruit League season, and Phoenix, where they took a series from the D-backs.
So, yeah baby, it’s (still) cold outside.
Tomorrow’s doubleheader will be the earliest in Pittsburgh since April 23, 1978, when the Bucs swept the Cardinals at Three Rivers. It’ll be the Bucs’ earliest twin-bill on the baseball calendar since an April 20, 1983 DH in Shea Stadium; the Bucs were swept in that one.
The only previous PNC Park April doubleheader? April 28, 2002, a split with the Padres.
Twin-bills, of course, are no longer scheduled and result from postponements. With balanced schedules including only one inter-divisional visits, host teams must immediately double-up to make up any weather casualties. Thus that ’02 twin-bill and tomorrow’s with a pair of West Division clubs.