On opening day, the Pirates fell 5-3 to the Reds. The team's lack of depth was on display.
Starling Marte was a late scratch because he was dealing with a migraine. J.B. Schuck played in his place. Schuck is a 31 year old journeyman who has a career .245 batting average and a .601 OPS in 435 Major League games.
I understand that Chisenhall and Polanco are banged up, but are you kidding me?! Melky Cabrera, another journeyman well past his prime, hit in the 2 hole in the lineup.
The Pirates payroll is 75 million dollars. You get what you pay for. Right now they're paying for J.B. Schuck.