Pirates lineup, Apr 9 at Cubbies
Pirates lineup v Cubs (and Jason Hammel):
- LF: Starling Marte
- RF: Travis Snider
- CF: Andrew McCutchen
- 3B: Pedro Alvarez
- C: Russell Martin
- 2B: Neil Walker
- 1B: Travis Ishikawa
- SS: Jordy Mercer
- P : Wandy Rodriguez
The biggest early-season surprise, easily, is how Ishikawa has moved in and made himself at home. Sure, the fact the Pirates have faced nothing but right-handed pitchers accommodates him — but, make no mistake, if he hadn’t hit out of the gate, Clint Hurdle would’ve worked around him.
Ishikawa bought a major leash with his two-hit game on Opening Day. And he’s kept hitting (.294) and getting on base (.350).
This must be tough on Gaby Sanchez — even though he will get a start Thursday, when the Bucs finally get a lefty (Travis Wood).
I’ll get Gaby’s thoughts on this pre-game today.
Check out Pirates.com later to see what he has to say.