Pittsburgh Pirates (2-4)
Detroit Tigers (6-0)
Monday, April 13th — 1:35 pm
Tuesday, April 14th — 7:05 pm
Wednesday, April 15th — 7:05 pm
PNC Park — Pittsburgh, PA
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The Pirates concluded their opening week with a satisfying series win in Milwaukee. Now it’s time to return to Pittsburgh to kick off the home schedule. A 10-game homestand begins with the undefeated Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon.
News, Notes, Storylines
– Monday is PNC Park’s Opening Day, with gates opening at 11:30 am and pregame ceremonies scheduled to begin at 12:45 pm.
– Parking, traffic, and security info for the opener can be found here.
– Tuesday is Buc Night at the ballpark… $1 hot dogs and popcorn.
– Wednesday is Jackie Robinson Day.
– Francisco Liriano will return from paternity leave to pitch on Wednesday night.
– The Pirates struck out in 28.6% of their plate appearances this past week, worst in MLB.
– The Tigers offense has been by far the best in baseball thus far, with a league-leading 47 runs scored and 177 wRC+.
– Without the designated hitter in the National League, Victor Martinez will be limited to a pinch-hitting role the next three days.
– The Bucs won 51 home games each of the last two seasons… Hopefully a similar campaign begins today.
What they’re saying:
“Speed, defense, power (hitting and pitching), clutch hitting and smarts—the Tigers did it all in rolling up a 6-0 record that was not a fluke in any way, shape or form.
It’s hard to imagine a big league club having a much better week of baseball—and we’re only in April.” – BYB
Player to Watch
Miguel Cabrera… it’s always a treat to watch one of the league’s best hitters. Cabrera was a force in week one, with hits in 13 of 25 at-bats, including two home runs against the Indians on Sunday. It will be necessary to slow down the powerful Detroit lineup as a whole, but a ton of their production revolves around Miggy.