Pirates and Reds Announce Wild Card Lineups

(Photo Credit: David Hague)
Marlon Byrd is 7-for-12 in his career against Johnny Cueto. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates just announced their lineup for tonight’s game.

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Russell Martin, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Francisco Liriano, SP

Russell Martin getting the start over Tony Sanchez, so the Pirates are going with the top catcher over the personal catcher. Clint Barmes gets the start over Jordy Mercer at shortstop, which should help the defense.

And here is the Reds lineup.

1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

2. Ryan Ludwick, LF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Todd Frazier, 3B

7. Zack Cozart, SS

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Johnny Cueto, P

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BallHeadWonder

Big Nites for Byrd and Morneau!! Cueto hasn’t seen them and I love their plate patience!! I am fired up and ready to roll!!!

CalipariFan506

Key to hitting Reds pitching is first pitch swinging.

IC Bob

Hamilton is dynamic but he batted 260 at AAA he is not much of a hitter but in a one game series where one run can make a difference, I worry about him as a pinch runner.

Faye Zbuksukcz

I’m mildly surprised Dusty isn’t starting Hamilton over Choo. I would. Even if just to bunt every time up.

Also, I wouldn’t say Jones hits Cueto “well”. Just better than most everyone on Bucs, save Byrd. But not “well”. Shows how bad Bucs have been vs Cueto.

Michael Jackson

I would have Jones in instead of Marte. Garrett has hit Cuetto well.

I would also have Mercer instead of Barmes. We need runs bad against Cuetto.

We could always put Barmes in later for D.

smurph

You can’t bench Marte. He is one of your best players.

CalipariFan506

I like Mercer coming off the bench to face a left handed reliever.

Richard Ya'Zhynka

The Reds have 4 left-handed relievers tonight, so, Mercer, Sanchez, Tabata, and Harrison could play a big role in this game as pinch hitters for Walker, Morneau, and Alvarez.

timdwyer8

I AM FREAKING OUT.

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