Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Monday, August 6th 7:05PM EST (Game 110)

The Miami Marlins will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates to begin their 10-game road trip, which will include stops in Atlanta and Kansas City. The Marlins have played well of late, going 27-24 in the past two months after opening the season at 13-31.

Henderson Alvarez will be on the bump for the Fish in this one. In his last start against the Pirates, Alvarez fired a strong game, striking out five in six innings without allowing a run. He will look to do the same tonight, but will need some run support from a frailing lineup.

Jeff Locke will be going against Alvarez for the Pirates. In his last start against the Marlins, Locke did not have his best stuff. He struck out nine Marlins, but also walked six and allowed eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Marlins offense was only able to plate two runs off of Locke.

Probable Starters

 

Jul 31, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) throws during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
6/6 Games/Games Started 21/21
38.0 Innings Pitched 125.2
2.61 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 2.36
3.01 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 3.72
17 Strikeouts 94
10 Walks 58
Career vs. opponent
6.0 Innings Pitched 11.2
5 Strikeouts 10
0.00 Earned Run Average 3.86

 

Jul 31, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Christian Yelich .308 .314
2 Ed Lucas .288 .288
3 Giancarlo Stanton .368 .399
4 Logan Morrison .360 .347
5 Donovan Solano .277 .282
6 Adeiny Hechavarria .261 .276
7 Jake Marisnick .258 .295
8 Jeff Mathis .248 .259

Bold Prediction: Locke will throw six shutout innings against a struggling Marlins offense, despite walking five hitters. Alvarez will be given a tough time by a tough Pirates lineup, including a big game from Starling Marte. Pirates wins 4-2!

Topics: Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Locke, Miami Marlins

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