Series Preview: Miami Marlins vs Pittsburgh Pirates – September 17/19
By Matt Melton
Miami Marlins Players to Watch
SS Miguel Rojas
The team-leader in hits, Rojas is enjoying a strong 2021 season that includes career-high’s in runs, doubles, and stolen bases. The veteran shortstop is enjoying a strong month of September in which he has slashed .304/.333/.413 with nine RBI’s across 11 games.
2B Jazz Chisholm
Chisholm’s .739 OPS is one of the best on the Marlins, and a 20/20 season could potentially be in the works as he currently sits at 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases on the season. Chisholm has a hit in eight of 13 games so far this month, as well as one home run.
OF Bryan De La Cruz
Undoubtedly the Marlins hottest hitter at the moment is De La Cruz who holds an .882 OPS on the season. Across his last 11 games, De La Cruz has slashed .350/.435/.625 with three home runs and seven RBI’s.
RP Anthony Bender
The rookie right-hander has bounced-back nicely after a rough month of August in which he allowed seven earned runs across 12 innings. Since September began, Bender has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings primarily in the eighth inning role.
RP Dylan Floro
Similar to Bender previously, Floro has had a strong month of September after a rough August. Acting as Miami’s closer, Floro sports a 1.50 ERA across his last six innings with six strikeouts.