Two Rights, then a Left: Breaking down the back of the Pirates Rotation
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now declared an open competition between three pitchers for the last two spots in their starting rotation. What direction will the team take?
The Pittsburgh Pirates are two weeks away from Opening Day vs. the St. Louis Cardinals and currently the most intriguing story of Spring Training is the emergence of Juan Nicasio as a starting pitching option.
Nicasio has been dynamic so far this spring, throwing 15 innings, allowing zero runs on ten hits and striking out 24.
Pirates Breakdown has debated whether Nicasio has earned a spot in the rotation and today, general manager Neal Huntington laid bare how the team feels about Nicasio’s progress.
As it stands, based purely on Spring Training performance Nicasio and Vogelsong probably have the advantage over Jeff Locke, but come Opening Day will Locke be out of the rotation in favor of Nicasio? Or will Locke once again be penciled in as the club’s fifth starter? We still have two weeks of exhibition games to sort everything out, but lets take a look at how each of these pitchers stack up against each other.
Going purely on one Spring Training can be very risky for a ball club. Just because a player has looked dominant in spring, doesn’t mean they will necessarily translate that success to the regular season.