Pirates run out same lineup — as they should

If you would not expect the Pirates to change lineups following a 12-run, 16-hit show, you will not be disappointed. Tonight, versus the Cards and righty Joe Kelly:

  • Marte 7
  • Snider 9
  • McCutchen 8
  • Alvarez 5
  • Martin 2
  • Walker 4
  • Ishikawa 3
  • Mercer 6
  • Liriano 1
We will probably get the first significant lineup switch (the only variation through five games has been Tony Sanchez catching in the Thursday afternoon game against the Cubs) tomorrow. Gaby Sanchez is almost certain to get the start at first against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. He and Travis Ishikawa are both hitless against Wainwright — but Ishikawa has fanned all five at-bats against the righty.
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You may not have known what to expect going into this season — but having Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker swipe the Bucs’ first bases of the season could not have been one of them.
And how about Starling Marte being second to Andrew McCutchen’s five with three walks?

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