Apr 4: Pirates’ lineup status quo
The Pirates’ lineup for tonight should look pretty familiar:
- Marte 7
- Snider 9
- McCutchen 8
- Alvarez 5
- Martin 2
- Walker 4
- Ishikawa 3
- Mercer 6
- Cole 1
It’s the same Clint Hurdle has used three of the first four games — and the only difference Thursday was Tony Sanchez catching and batting in the sixth hole (nudging Walker up to No. 5).
Why go status quo with a lineup that hasn’t produced? That is exactly the reason why — Hurdle is waiting for big producers like McCutchen (1-for-10) and Alvarez (1-for-15) to get going. Only way that will happen is if they keep playing.
Jeff Branson has been working with the guys to get them untracked.
Tonight, so will Shelby Miller: The Bucs beat up the Cards righty pretty well, last season: .319, with six homers in four meetings.