Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pitchers & Catchers Report, Excitement Builds Within Fan Base

Today marks the unofficial, but maybe official (???), start of the 2010 Spring Training season. In a little over 4 hours, Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers and catchers report to camp in Bradenton.

According to a player's poll done by Chuck Finder of the Post-Gazette, it looks like Paul Maholm will get the nod as the Opening Day starter when the Pirates host the LA Dodgers on April 5. The line-up also looks a little different compared to my prediction from yesterday's post. As a reminder my prediction is on the left, the player's on the right:

Opening Day - April 5, 2010 @ PNC Park vs. Dodgers
1. Andrew McCutchen - CF Andrew McCutchen - CF
2. Akinori Iwamura - 2B Akinori Iwamura - 2B
3. Andy LaRoche - 3B Garrett Jones - RF
4. Garrett Jones - RF Ryan Doumit - C
5. Ryan Doumit - C Andy LaRoche - 3B
6. Jeff Clement - 1B Lastings Milledge - LF
7. Lastings Milledge - LF Jeff Clement - 1B
8. Ronny Cedeno - SS Ronny Cedeno - SS
9. Ross Ohlendorf - P Paul Maholm - P

It'll be interesting to see how this spring will play out compared to years past. This is actually the first year that I can remember, off the top of my head, in quite some time where veteran players have been added to the team to complement and back-up younger players.

Lets Go Bucs!

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