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Jul 21, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez pitches in the 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Miami Marlins Preview: Friday, July 26 7:10 PM EST (Game 101)

The Miami Marlins return home after taking three out of four games against the Colorado Rockies. They will start a weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are currently in second place in the NL Central and are seriously threatening to end their 20 year postseason drought.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will be the lefty Jeff Locke going up against the right hander Henderson Alvarez. For more information on Locke, please check out the series preview chat I had with Tom Smith of Rum Bunter.

Probable Starters

Jul 21, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
19/19 Games/Games Started 4/4
115.0 Innings Pitched 24.2
2.11 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 3.28
3.76 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 3.01
79 Strikeouts 11
51 Walks 7
Career vs. opponent
5.0 Innings Pitched
1 Strikeouts
5.40 Earned Run Average


Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Adeiny Hechavarria .273 .280
2 Christian Yelich .372 .315
3 Giancarlo Stanton .347 .394
4 Ed Lucas .301 .274
5 Logan Morrison .348 .345
6 Donovan Solano .288 .284
7 Jake Marisnick .000 .294
8 Jeff Mathis .263 .263

Bold Prediction: Jeff Locke delievers a strong start for the Pirates and Alvarez continues to struggle inducing ground balls in 2013.  Marlins lose 3-0!

Tags: Henderson Alvarez Jeff Locke Miami Marlins

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