Coming off of a 3-4 homestand, the Miami Marlins are back in action as they hit the road to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three game series beginning Tuesday night. Brad Hand will oppose Charlie Morton in game one.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Pirates||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Brad Hand is coming off of a solid start against the Nationals, during which he went seven innings and allowed three runs while walking and striking out two. Hand was not in the rotation when the Pirates were in South Florida.
Charlie Morton pitched five innings and gave up five runs while walking three and walking two in his last outing against the San Francisco Giants.
Against the Marlins in June, Morton pitched seven innings and allowed two runs while walking three and striking out six.
|MIAMI MARLINS||PITTSBURGH PIRATES|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Starling Marte - CF|
|Jordany Valdespin - 2B||Jordy Mercer - SS|
|Giancarlo Stanton - RF||Josh Harrison - LF|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Gaby Sanchez - 1B|
|Garrett Jones - 1B||Neil Walker - 2B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Jayson Nix - 3B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Gregory Polanco - RF|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Chris Stewart - C|
|Brad Hand - LHP||Charlie Morton - RHP|
Jordany Valdespin was solid on the homestand and gets the start at second base, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia back behind the plate and Adeiny Hechavarria batting eighth for the Marlins.
Pittsburgh is without Andrew McCutchen, but Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer are solid at the top of the lineup with Neil Walker and Jayson Nix serving as power bats in the heart of the order.
-Can the Marlins bounce back? A promising series win over Washington was followed with a series loss to the Reds.
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Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Pirates 1-0