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

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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
8/8Games/Games Started19/19
48.2Innings Pitched111.2
3.51Earned Run Averages (ERA)2.94
3.45Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)3.26
29Strikeouts111
10Walks42
Career vs. opponent
Innings Pitched
Strikeouts
Earned Run Average

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

 

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Adeiny Hechavarria.269.279
2Christian Yelich.330.315
3Giancarlo Stanton.371.400
4Logan Morrison.355.346
5Ed Lucas.292.288
6Donovan Solano.290.285
7Jake Marisnick.123.292
8Jeff 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!

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