Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Pirates Lineup

None-None, in NL Central

Over the last couple of seasons, Pittsburgh has had company at the bottom of the NL Central. With the addition of some big names down on the river in Cincinnati, the Pirates may find the going lonely in 2020. Pittsburgh has some nice feel-good players on their team, but they lost one of the key elements in the middle of their batting order. There are some talented young players in the Pirates' order that will be fun to watch mature.

However, in a tough division it could be hard to expect the Pirates to be competitive on a night-after-night basis. One reason they will experience more down moments than highlights is a starting rotation that doesn't appear to be imposing. The staff ace has fallen on some difficult times over the last couple seasons, and a rekindling of his performance could be a nice stopgap option to prevent long losing streaks. However, the bottom four of the rotation project as average at best.

Pirates Starting Lineup

C. Archer , (R), SP
1. J. Bell , (S), 1B
2. A. Frazier , (L), 2B
3. C. Moran , (L), 3B
4. J. Stallings , (R), C
5. J. Dyson , (L), CF
6. K. Kela , (R), CL
7. B. Reynolds , (S), LF
8. G. Polanco , (L), RF
9. K. Newman , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Chris Archer C. Archer (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Chris Archer C. Archer (R)
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Josh Bell J. Bell (S)
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Adam Frazier A. Frazier (L)
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Colin Moran C. Moran (L)
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Jacob Stallings J. Stallings (R)
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Jarrod Dyson J. Dyson (L)
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Keone Kela K. Kela (R)
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Bryan Reynolds B. Reynolds (S)
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Gregory Polanco G. Polanco (L)
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Kevin Newman K. Newman (R)
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Analysis

We have been dying to see Chris Archer out of the American League East, and that finally happened last season. He moved to Pittsburgh, and he is one of the main reasons why this rotation could be very good. Archer has projections around 190 strikeouts and a mid threes ERA. Archer is a heavy off-speed pitcher, but that has been changing over the last season and a half. He won’t headline the rotation, but he is going to be a very solid number two. With the heavy off-speed stuff, that injury radar is always scary. They floated around league average for an ERA last season, sitting at an even four. Archer has one of the better ERA improvements for his projections this season, and the strikeouts are projected to return. He is a big reason for why Pittsburgh could make a big jump in terms of ERA numbers for the Pirates. They also have Jameson Taillon, who pitched 191 innings last season with a 3.20 ERA. He added a slider mid-year and it was a massive success. He has more strikeout upside than prior seasons, and looks ready to lead this staff for years to come.

After Archer and Taillon, things get a little tricky for Pittsburgh. Trevor Williams made a big stride last season. He had 14 wins, and boasted a 3.11 ERA. He had average strikeout stuff, but limited hard-contact as the season got deeper. Williams is expected to regress a bit, but not to being a total gas can either. These backend guys will have the advantage of pitching in a great pitchers park, so it does help for contact arms. Joe Musgrove came over in the Houston deal, and has been banged up the last two years. He is an interesting right-hander if he can stay healthy, but we have yet to really see that. Nick Kingham and Jordan Lyles both will be battling for the fifth rotational spot, and both flashed potential last season. They are not long term options within the team, but Kingham had some strikeout upside at times. This should be a competitive rotation, even against a vastly improved offensive division.