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.
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
|3.51||Earned Run Averages (ERA)||2.94|
|3.45||Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)||3.26|
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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
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!