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Game Thread: Orioles at Pirates, 3/22/21

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Happy Monday! Have some baseball.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Spring training’s where you work out the suck.
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles (7-12 preseason) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (9-10 preseason) - Monday, March 22 @ 1:05 p.m.

Stadium: LECOM Park, Bradenton, Florida

TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA 1020 AM

Starting Pitchers

Pirates: Mitch Keller - RHP - (0-1) - 21.60 ERA - 6 total Ks

Orioles: John Means - LHP - (0-0) - 5.40 ERA - 8 total Ks

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)

Pirates

1. Kevin Newman – SS

2. Erik Gonzalez – 2B

3. Phillip Evans – 3B

4. Colin Moran – 1B

5. Anthony Alford – RF

6. Dustin Fowler – CF

7. Jared Oliva – LF

8. Michael Perez – C

9. Tony Wolters – DH

Orioles

1. Cedric Mullins – CF

2. Anthony Santander – DH

3. Trey Mancini – 1B

4. Ryan Mountcastle – LF

5. Rio Ruiz – 3B

6. Austin Hayes – RF

7. Freddy Galvis – SS

8. Pedro Severino – C

9. Yolmer Sanchez – 2B

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Any day any team whales on the Red Sox is a good day, so yesterday was a good day as the Pirates beat them 9-4. Wil Crowe got his first win as a Buc, Adam Frazier continued his super-hot spring, and Ke’Bryan Hayes keeps being Ke’Bryan Hayes.

Mitch Keller, the subject of Robert Kelley’s excellent article today, is on the mound. Unfortunately, his current ERA isn’t a typo, but I agree with Robert that he’s in a good place with Oscar Marin to maybe unlearn some bad habits (*cough*hanging fastball*cough*). The O’s counter with John Means, who had a decent outing against the Braves in Baltimore’s 5-2 win on March 17th, giving up two hits and striking out four in four innings.

Let’s hang out, have some fun in the comments, and, as always, LET’S GO BUCS!