Coming off of a lengthy road trip, the Miami Marlins are set to begin a three game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Nathan Eovaldi will face Jeff Locke in the first game of the series.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Pirates||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
There was question as to whether Nathan Eovaldi would make his next start because he and his wife are expecting a baby in the coming days, but Eovaldi will indeed pitch against the Pirates on Friday night.
In his last start, Eovaldi went seven and two third innings and gave up three runs while walking one and striking out eight Cubs. Eovaldi pitched well but received a no decision because of the lack of early offense.
Jeff Locke went seven innings and gave up one run while striking out five against the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start.
|PITTSBURGH PIRATES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Gregory Polanco - RF||Rafael Furcal - 2B|
|Starling Marte - LF||C. Yelich - LF|
|A. McCutchen - CF||G. Stanton - RF|
|Ike Davis - 1B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Russell Martin - C||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Pedro Alvarez - 3B||Jeff Baker - 1B|
|Jordy Mercer - SS||A. Hechavarria - SS|
|M. Martinez - 2B||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Jeff Locke - LHP||Nathan Eovaldi - RHP|
Rafael Furcal is set to make his Marlins debut and is in the leadoff spot. with Christian Yelich sliding into the two hole. Jeff Baker gets the start at first base, and Jeff Mathis will be behind the plate.
Adeiny Hechavarria will be in the seven spot for the Marlins.
-Will the home success continue? The Marlins have played well at Marlins Park all year, and an extended home stand could mean a winning streak.
-Can Eovaldi step up? Dominant against the Cubs, Eovaldi has been efficient after the loss of Jose Fernandez.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Pirates 11-9