Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked):

First, tonight’s lineups —

Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central)
1. Choo cf
2. Heisey lf
3. Votto 1b
4. Phillips 2b
5. Bruce rf
6. Hannahan 3b
7. Cozart ss
8. Mesoraco c
9. Leake p

Pittsburgh (3-6, tied for 3rd National League Central)
1. Marte lf
2. Walker 2b
3. McCutchen cf
4. Jones 1b
5. Martin c
6. Alvarez 3b
7. Snider rf
8. Barmes ss
9. Burnett p

Worth noting — Garrett Jones is at first base tonight. Russell Martin is hitting fifth and Pedro Alvarez is hitting sixth. I imagine that’s a result of their slow starts at the plate and the move is just something to try and get them going.


Mike Leake is making his second start of the season for the Reds tonight. In his first outing he lasted six innings and gave up two home runs (and four runs total) before being pulled in a non-decision against Washington (that Cincinnati would go on to lose). A.J. Burnett is on the hill for the Pirates tonight (and on a bunch of t-shirts at PNC Park tonight). If Burnett pitches anything like he did in his last appearance in Pittsburgh, it would be a good night for the Pittsburgh lineup to jump on Leake. The wind is blowing out right now, if that lasts we could be in store for some runs (we can always hope, right?).


While on the road to Pittsburgh today I was listening to some of the local sports talk radio and talk of retaliation for Aroldis Chapman’s triple-digit beanball on Andrew McCutchen dominated the conversation. That’s not surprising considering what happened between the Dodgers and Padres last night, but that doesn’t make it any less stupid. If the Pirates were going to do something about what happened, it should have been done the next day. James McDonald didn’t retaliate by buzzing Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips and life went on. That’s where it should end. It’s a new season and all of the players are adults. I just hope they all act like it.

Author: Tom Bragg

Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    In case anybody missed it, Hanrahan gave up TWO homers in the ninth to lose the other day. Still think it was a bad move?

  • buc em all

    Just saw Stetson Allie is leading low A in HRs and him and josh bell are both top 5 in RBI Allie also has 4 Ks in his last 5 games I believe plus minus one bad game where he went 0-4 with 4Ks he’s been a beast is he a legit bat? And can he become a prospect with the bat?

  • buc em all

    Whoops wrong place oh well my bad