The Pittsburgh Pirates (1-3) take on the Cincinnati Reds (1-4) at PNC Park tonight. The Pirates will send Jordan Lyles to the mound for his first start of the season. The Reds will counter with right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle, who is also making his season debut.
Here are the lineups for today:
Here is our lineup, presented by @Honda.
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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.