2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 139th season overall, 134th season as a member of the National League, and 20th season at PNC Park.

2020 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record19–41 (.317)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Robert Nutting
General manager(s)Ben Cherington
Manager(s)Derek Shelton
Local televisionAT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Local radioKDKA-FM
Pittsburgh Pirates Radio Network
(Greg Brown, Joe Block, Bob Walk, John Wehner, Michael McKenry)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[2] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[3] On June 23, commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implemented a 60-game season. Players reported to training camps on July 1 in order to resume spring training and prepare for a July 24 Opening Day.[4]

The Pirates finished the season with an MLB-worst record of 19–41. The team's .317 winning percentage was their worst since 1952. The Pirates would have set a new MLB record for the fewest games won in any official season, finishing with one fewer win than the notorious 1899 Cleveland Spiders, although the 1899 Spiders played 154 games. As a result of the shortened season, and the winning percentage of .317 winning percentage would have been a net of 51 games in a 162-game season, the 19 wins is not recognised as one of baseball's worst records.

Season standings

National League Central

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 3426 0.567 19–14 15–12
St. Louis Cardinals 3028 0.517 3 14–13 16–15
Cincinnati Reds 3129 0.517 3 16–13 15–16
Milwaukee Brewers 2931 0.483 5 15–14 14–17
Pittsburgh Pirates 1941 0.317 15 13–19 6–22

National League playoff standings

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 4317 0.717
Atlanta Braves 3525 0.583
Chicago Cubs 3426 0.567


Division 2nd Place W L Pct.
San Diego Padres 3723 0.617
St. Louis Cardinals 3028 0.517
Miami Marlins 3129 0.517


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 teams qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Cincinnati Reds 3129 0.517 +2
Milwaukee Brewers 2931 0.483
San Francisco Giants 2931 0.483
Philadelphia Phillies 2832 0.467 1
Washington Nationals 2634 0.433 3
New York Mets 2634 0.433 3
Colorado Rockies 2634 0.433 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 2535 0.417 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 1941 0.317 10

Record vs. opponents

Source: NL Standings Head-to-head

Team CHC CIN MIL PIT STL AL
Chicago 6–45–56–45–512–8
Cincinnati 4–66–47–34–610–10
Milwaukee 5–54–65–55–510–10
Pittsburgh 4–63–75–54–63–17
St. Louis 5–56–45–56–48–10

Detailed records

Game log

2020 Game Log: 19–41 (Home: 13–19; Away: 6–22)
July: 2–5 (Home: 1–2; Away: 1–3)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveRecordStreak
1July 24@ Cardinals4–5Flaherty (1–0)Musgrove (0–1)Kim (1)0–1L1
2July 25@ Cardinals1–9Wainwright (1–0)Williams (0–1)0–2L2
3July 26@ Cardinals5–1Keller (1–0)Hudson (0–1)1–2W1
4July 27Brewers5–6 (11)Phelps (1–0)Neverauskas (0–1)1–3L1
5July 28Brewers8–6Hartlieb (1–0)Wahl (0–1)Burdi (1)2–3W1
6July 29Brewers0–3Woodruff (1–1)Musgrove (0–2)Hader (1)2–4L1
7July 31@ Cubs3–6Darvish (1–1)Williams (0–2)2–5L2
August: 8–17 (Home: 4–7; Away: 4–10)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveRecordStreak
8August 1@ Cubs3–4Chatwood (2–0)Keller (1–1)Wick (1)2–6L3
9August 2@ Cubs1–2 (11)Jeffress (1–0)Ponce (0–1)2–7L4
10August 3@ Twins4–5Rogers (1–0)Burdi (0–1)2–8L5
11August 4@ Twins3–7Berríos (1–1)Musgrove (0–3)May (1)2–9L6
12August 5Twins2–5Dobnak (2–1)Williams (0–3)2–10L7
13August 6Twins6–5Howard (1–0)Rogers (1–1)3–10W1
14August 7Tigers13–17 (11)Garcia (2–0)Neverauskas (0–2)3–11L1
15August 8Tigers5–11Nova (1–0)Holland (0–1)3–12L2
16August 9Tigers1–2Turnbull (2–0)Rodríguez (0–1)Jiménez (5)3–13L3
August 10@ CardinalsPostponed (COVID-19) (Makeup date: August 27)
August 11@ CardinalsPostponed (COVID-19) (Makeup date: August 27)
August 12@ CardinalsPostponed (COVID-19) (Makeup date: September 18)
17August 13@ Reds9–6Williams (1–3)DeSclafani (1–1)4–13W1
18August 14@ Reds1–8Gray (4–1)Kuhl (0–1)4–14L1
August 15@ RedsPostponed (COVID-19) (Makeup date: September 4)
August 16@ RedsPostponed (COVID-19) (Makeup date: September 14)
19August 18Indians3–6 (10)Wittgren (1–0)Howard (1–1)Hand (6)4–15L2
20August 19Indians1–6Civale (3–2)Neverauskas (0–3)4–16L3
21August 20Indians0–2Bieber (5–0)Williams (1–4)Hand (7)4–17L4
22August 21Brewers7–2Kuhl (1–1)Houser (1–2)5–17W1
23August 22Brewers12–5Holland (1–1)Lindblom (1–1)6–17W2
24August 23Brewers5–4Stratton (1–0)Phelps (2–3)Rodríguez (1)7–17W3
25August 25@ White Sox0–4Giolito (3–2)Brault (0–1)7–18L1
26August 26@ White Sox3–10Keuchel (5–2)Williams (1–5)7–19L2
27August 27 (1)@ Cardinals4–3 (8)Stratton (2–0)Gant (0–2)Rodríguez (2)8–19W1
28August 27 (2)@ Cardinals2–0 (7)Ponce (1–1)Oviedo (0–1)Turley (1)9–19W2
29August 28@ Brewers1–9Burnes (1–0)Holland (1–2)9–20L1
30August 29@ Brewers6–7Williams (2–1)Rodríguez (0–2)9–21L2
31August 30@ Brewers5–1Tropeano (1–0)Woodruff (2–3)10–21W1
32August 31@ Brewers5–6Williams (3–1)Turley (0–1)Hader (8)10–22L1
September: 9–19 (Home: 8–10; Away: 1–9)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveRecordStreak
33September 1Cubs7–8 (11)Jeffress (3–1)Crick (0–1)10–23L2
34September 2Cubs2–8Hendricks (4–4)Musgrove (0–4)10–24L3
35September 3Cubs6–2Brubaker (1–0)Mills (3–3)11–24W1
36September 4 (1)Reds2–4 (7)Castillo (1–5)Brault (0–2)Iglesias (5)11–25L1
37September 4 (2)@ Reds4–3 (7)Howard (2–1)Bauer (3–3)Rodríguez (3)12–25W1
38September 5Reds2–6Garrett (1–0)Williams (1–6)12–26L1
39September 6Reds3–2Rodríguez (1–2)Iglesias (2–3)13–26W1
40September 8White Sox5–4Rodríguez (2–2)Detwiler (1–1)14–26W2
41September 9White Sox1–8Dunning (1–0)Brubaker (1–1)14–27L1
42September 11@ Royals3–4Bubic (1–5)Brault (0–3)Holland (4)14–28L2
43September 12@ Royals4–7Zimmer (1–0)Williams (1–7)Holland (5)14–29L3
44September 13@ Royals0–11Keller (4–2)Kuhl (1–2)14–30L4
45September 14 (1)@ Reds1–3 (7)Iglesias (3–3)Howard (2–2)14–31L5
46September 14 (2)@ Reds4–9 (7)Romano (1–0)Turley (0–2)14–32L6
47September 15@ Reds1–4Lorenzen (2–1)Musgrove (0–5)Garrett (1)14–33L7
48September 16@ Reds0–1Castillo (3–5)Brubaker (1–2)Iglesias (8)14–34L8
49September 17Cardinals5–1Brault (1–3)Gomber (0–1)15–34W1
50September 18 (1)Cardinals5–6 (7)Reyes (2–1)Williams (1–8)Helsley (1)15–35L1
51September 18 (2)@ Cardinals2–7 (7)Miller (1–1)Kuhl (1–3)15–36L2
52September 19Cardinals4–5Woodford (1–0)Howard (2–3)Cabrera (1)15–37L3
53September 20Cardinals1–2Flaherty (4–2)Holland (1–3)Miller (3)15–38L4
54September 21Cubs0–5Lester (2–1)Brubaker (1–3)15–39L5
55September 22Cubs3–2Rodríguez (3–2)Chafin (1–2)16–39W1
56September 23Cubs2–1Williams (2–8)Hendricks (6–5)Rodríguez (4)17–39W2
57September 24Cubs7–0Kuhl (2–3)Mills (5–5)18–39W3
58September 25@ Indians3–4Plutko (2–2)Stratton (2–1)18–40L1
59September 26@ Indians8–0Musgrove (1–5)Civale (4–6)19–40W1
60September 27@ Indians6–8Karinchak (1–2)Turley (0–3)Hand (16)19–41L1
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Roster

2020 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers
  • 67 Tyler Bashlor
  • 43 Steven Brault
  • 65 J. T. Brubaker
  • 57 Nick Burdi
  • 62 Blake Cederlind
  • 30 Kyle Crick
  • 75 Austin Davis
  • 63 Miguel Del Pozo
  • 56 Robbie Erlin
  • 49 Michael Feliz
  • 32 Geoff Hartlieb
  • 45 Derek Holland
  • 52 Clay Holmes
  • 54 Sam Howard
  • 35 Keone Kela
  • 23 Mitch Keller
  • 39 Chad Kuhl
  • 70 Nick Mears
  • 59 Joe Musgrove
  • 66 Dovydas Neverauskas
  • 60 Cody Ponce
  • 38 Yacksel Ríos
  • 48 Richard Rodríguez
  • 46 Chris Stratton
  • 72 Nick Tropeano
  • 71 Nik Turley
  • 68 Brandon Waddell
  • 34 Trevor Williams
Catchers
  • 18 John Ryan Murphy
  • 58 Jacob Stallings
  • 80 Andrew Susac

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

  • 17 Derek Shelton

Coaches

  • 86 Heberto Andrade (coaching assistant)
  • 16 Tarrik Brock (first base)
  • 89 Jordan Comadena (bullpen catcher)
  • 28 Joey Cora (third base)
  • 41 Rick Eckstein (hitting)
  • 12 Don Kelly (bench)
  • 47 Oscar Marin (pitching)
  • 87 Justin Meccage (bullpen)
  • 85 Mike Rabelo (assistant hitting)
  • 53 Glenn Sherlock (coach)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League
A Bradenton Marauders Florida State League
A Greensboro Grasshoppers South Atlantic League
Short-Season A West Virginia Black Bears New York–Penn League
Rookie Bristol Pirates Appalachian League
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League
Rookie DSL Pirates 1 Dominican Summer League
Rookie DSL Pirates 2 Dominican Summer League

[5]

References

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. Mark Feinsand (March 12, 2020). "Opening Day delayed at least 2 weeks; Spring Training games cancelled". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  3. "Opening of regular season to be pushed back". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  4. Feinsand, Mark (June 24, 2020). "Play Ball: MLB announces 2020 regular season". MLB.com. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  5. Adamski, Chris (January 18, 2019). "Pirates announce 2019 minor-league managerial and coaching assignments". TribLIVE.com.
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