|PITTSBURGH ( BRUBAKER )|
MINNESOTA ( HAPP )
|979||PITTSBURGH||+135||Ov 8.5,-110||+145||Ov 8,-105|
|980||MINNESOTA||-145||Un 8.5,-110||-155||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-2||+0.1||2-0||3.3||0.235||0.278||0.314||0.592||8.3||0.333||0.429||0.500||0.929|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.4||2-4||3.6||0.218||0.278||0.336||0.614||4.3||0.240||0.295||0.429||0.723|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-5||-2.4||5-4||6.3||0.267||0.338||0.462||0.800||5.0||0.244||0.298||0.384||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.1||4-3||3.1||0.253||0.302||0.364||0.666||6.3||0.273||0.350||0.455||0.805|
|4/10/2021||KELLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||DAVIES(R)||8-2||W||+145||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/11/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WILLIAMS(R)||7-1||W||+120||8.5 un||U||14||11||0||5||6||0|
|4/12/2021||CAHILL(R)||SAN DIEGO||DARVISH(R)||2-6||L||+175||7.5 un||O||6||5||0||10||8||0|
|4/13/2021||KUHL(R)||SAN DIEGO||SNELL(L)||8-4||W||+215||8 un||O||12||12||1||6||15||2|
|4/14/2021||ANDERSON(L)||SAN DIEGO||MUSGROVE(R)||5-1||W||+180||7.5 ov||U||9||10||0||6||5||0|
|4/15/2021||KELLER(R)||SAN DIEGO||PADDACK(R)||3-8||L||+135||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||10||7||1|
|4/16/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HOUSER(R)||6-1||W||130||8 ev||U||8||5||0||5||9||1|
|4/17/2021||CAHILL(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(L)||1-7||L||120||8 ov||P||7||8||1||11||5||3|
|4/18/2021||KUHL(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||6-5||W||182||7.5 ev||O||8||9||0||7||6||0|
|4/21/2021||ANDERSON(L)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||3-2||W||120||6 ov||U||7||7||0||3||3||0|
|4/21/2021||YAJURE(R)||@ DETROIT||TURNBULL(R)||2-5||L||110||8 ov||U||3||3||0||7||2||0|
|4/22/2021||KELLER(R)||@ DETROIT||URENA(R)||4-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/23/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HAPP(L)|| |
|4/24/2021||CAHILL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/25/2021||OVIEDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|4/27/2021||ANDERSON(L)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|4/28/2021||KELLER(R)||KANSAS CITY||MINOR(L)|| |
|4/30/2021|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/16/2021||THORPE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||3-10||L||110||9 ev||O||10||7||0||12||3||1|
|4/20/2021||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||0-7||L||105||6.5 ev||O||6||7||2||5||6||0|
|4/20/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ OAKLAND||LUZARDO(L)||0-1||L||-120||6 un||U||2||4||0||4||3||1|
|4/21/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MONTAS(R)||12-13||L||100||7.5 ov||O||18||10||2||13||6||2|
|4/26/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||PLESAC(R)|| |
|4/27/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CIVALE(R)|| |
|4/28/2021||HAPP(L)||@ CLEVELAND||ALLEN(L)|| |
|4/30/2021|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: He's Here: INF Todd Frazier, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP David Bednar, RHP Wil Crowe, RHP Sean Poppen, RHP Miguel Yajure, C Michael Perez, INF Wilmer Difo, LHP Chasen Shreve, C Tony Wolters, OF Brian Goodwin, OF Dustin Fowler.
He's Outta Here: RHP Jameson Taillon, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Trevor Williams, 1B Josh Bell, RHP Keone Kela, INF/OF Jose Osuna, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Nik Turley, RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP Nick Burdi.
Projected Lineup: 2B Adam Frazier (.230, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs), LF Bryan Reynolds (.189, 7, 19, 5 OF assists), 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (.376, 5, 11 in 24 games), 1B Colin Moran (.247, 10, 23, 10 2Bs), RF Gregory Polanco (.153, 7, 22), C Jacob Stallings (.248, 3, 18), SS Kevin Newman (.224, 1, 10) or Erik Gonzalez (.227, 3, 20) or Cole Tucker (.220, 1, 8), CF Brian Goodwin (.215, 6, 22 with Reds and Angels) or Dustin Fowler (.224, 6, 23 with Oakland in 2018).
Rotation: RH Mitch Keller (1-1, 2.91 ERA in 5 starts), LH Steven Brault (1-3, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (2-3, 4.27), LH Tyler Anderson (4-3, 4.37 with Giants), JT Brubaker (1-3, 4.94) or Wil Crowe (0-1, 1.35 in 3 games with Washington).
Key Relievers: RH Richard Rodriguez (3-2, 2.70, 4/5 saves), RH Kyle Crick (0-1, 1.59), RH Michael Feliz (0-0, 32.40 in 3 games), LH Sam Howard (2-3, 3.86), RH Chris Stratton (2-1, 3.90), RH Duane Underwood (1-0, 7.36 with Cubs), RH Cody Ponce (1-1, 3.18), LH Chasen Shreve (1-0, 3.96 with Mets), RH Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.24 with Giants).
Outlook: The Pirates are in the midst of a massive reset as general manager Ben Cherington enters his second season on the job. Gone are familiar faces like Taillon and Bell, among others, their departures via trade part of a plan dedicated to stockpiling prospects in the hope that enough pan out down the road to return Pittsburgh to contention. While the future looks (sorta) bright, the present figures to be bumpy. The Pirates finished with the worst record in the majors in 2020 and head into 2021 with a roster that has even less major league experience. Hayes was even better than advertised during his September call-up and finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He and Keller are the linchpins whose individual development this season could be far more important than anything that happens in the win/loss column. Bounce-back seasons from Reynolds and Polanco (likely in his final months with the team) would help the offense, but even in a division that might be the worst in the NL if not the majors, expectations are really, really low. Fans will be allowed back at PNC Park this spring, but given the lack of buzz in general the Pirates may be hard-pressed to even fill those seats after the initial 'we're glad baseball is back' crowd gets its fix.
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|Last Updated: 6/19/2021 7:03:36 PM EST|