With this new day, and really entirely new era of Bucco baseball, we are going to be starting the blog site up again in an effort to make it everything that we planned to do in the past, and to fix the things that at some point stopped working over the last year or so of site neglect.
So welcome back to another season of Pirates baseball. It feels great coming off of last year’s playoff appearance, but at the time, I remember how hard it was to watch St. Louis play in the World Series last year, knowing that it
should have been could have been us.
But now here it is, with a beautifully sunny final day of March in the Burgh, with the Pirates taking on the Cubs at PNC Park. By now, you know the Pirates are facing Jeff Samardzija, and Francisco Liriano will be taking the hill for the Buccos. It would be great for the Pirates to avoid the same slow start that they had last year, and with a tough early season schedule entirely made up of NL Central foes until late April, a fast start is going to be an important part of this season.
Based on my pre-season predictions, I think my pick for player of the game today is one of the guys who I think has a shot to be the second consecutive Pirate to win National League MVP this year. Despite the streaks that he is known for so far in his early career, I think this is the year that it all clicks for Pedro Alvarez, and he gets it started today with a big home run to lead the Pirates to an Opening Day victory against the Cubbies. Liriano will go 6 solid innings, then the Shark Tank will take over and shut down the Cubs in the 7th, 8th and 9th for a nice convincing Pirates victory.
Pirates 5, Cubs 1
HR: Alvarez, Martin
Category: Game Previews