Jul 26, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) flips a baseball around the dugout during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Miami Marlins Preview: Sunday, July 28 1:10 PM EST (Game 102)

The Miami Marlins have to feel good about their chances of picking up a series win against the contending Pittsburgh Pirates going into Sunday’s game. They have their best hitter (Giancarlo Stanton) on a roll and their best pitcher (Jose Fernandez) on the mound.

Unfortunately, it won’t be an easy task, as the Pirates also have a highly touted prospect going for them. That would be Gerrit Cole, who came into the season ranked among the best prospects, like Fernandez, in baseball.

Probable Starters

Jul 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
8/8 Games/Games Started 19/19
48.2 Innings Pitched 111.2
3.51 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 2.94
3.45 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 3.26
29 Strikeouts 111
10 Walks 42
Career vs. opponent
Innings Pitched
Earned Run Average


Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Adeiny Hechavarria .269 .279
2 Christian Yelich .330 .315
3 Giancarlo Stanton .371 .400
4 Logan Morrison .355 .346
5 Ed Lucas .292 .288
6 Donovan Solano .290 .285
7 Jake Marisnick .123 .292
8 Jeff Mathis .273 .266

Bold Prediction: The Marlins win the series behind another dominant performance from Jose Fernandez at home. Yelich hits his first career home run, coming off of Gerrit Cole. Marlins win 3-0!

Tags: Gerrit Cole Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins Pittsburgh Pirates

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