Wandy on the mound, Gaby still at first base

I know that this is a bit of a leftover from the really bad times of being a Pirate fan, but whenever the Pirates start out the season 0-1 there's a voice in the back of my head that says, "If the Pirates can't win this game, they might never get to .500 again!" I don't really think that's true this year (nojinxnojinxnojinx), but the voice is still there. 

In Game 2, Wandy Rodriguez takes the mound for the Pirates in his 2013 debut after spending most of spring training with the WBC Champion Dominican Republic team. Gaby Sanchez is once again starting at first base against a right-handed pitcher (Edwin Jackson), which is honestly an incredibly frustrating thing that's going to have to be discussed in the nearish future. 

Anyway! The Cubs are starting a terrible lineup of "Major League" players tonight that includes someone named Dave Sappelt batting leadoff and Brent Lillibridge at third base. The Pirates should really, really try to avoid losing a series to this team. If they're going to do that, they're going to have to win this game tonight. The first pitch is at 7:05. The players will be completely frozen by 7:22. Score early or don't score at all.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.