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Pirates vs. Marlins Series Preview

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Your preview for the home series against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Erik Gonzalez (2) tags Miami Marlins second baseman Jon Berti (5) out at second base on a steal attempt during the sixth inning at PNC Park.  Photo by Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

After a competitive series against the Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates come to South Florida this weekend. The Miami Marlins took two of their three most games from the Nationals, who they’ll see again next week at LoanDepot Park.

This series preview will give you all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, September 17 at 7:10 pm

Saturday, September 18 at 6:10 pm

Sunday, September 19 at 1:10 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Wil Crowe vs. RHP Elieser Hernandez

  • Crowe: 5.97 ERA, 1.624 WHIP, 20.7 K%, 37.3 HardHit% in 101.0 IP
  • Hernandez: 4.14 ERA, 1.162 WHIP, 23.4 K%, 37.8 HardHit% in 37.0 IP

Saturday: RHP Bryse Wilson vs. RHP Edward Cabrera

  • Wilson: 5.09 ERA, 1.302 WHIP, 13.3 K%, 43.0 HardHit% in 35.1 IP
  • Cabrera: 6.61 ERA, 1.531 WHIP, 12.7 K%, 47.9 HardHit% in 16.1 IP

Sunday: RHP Max Kranick vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara

  • Kranick: 7.66 ERA, 1.784 WHIP, 16.0 K%, 37.2 HardHit% in 24.2 IP
  • Alcantara: 3.10 ERA, 1.055 WHIP, 24.3 K%, 39.5 HardHit% in 188.2 IP

Recent Lineups

Pirates most recent lineup: Hayes (3B), Tsutsugo (RF), Reynolds (CF), Moran (1B), Stallings (C), Gamel (LF), Newman (SS), Park (2B), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Pirates over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com
Marlins most recent lineup: Rojas (SS), L. Díaz (1B), De La Cruz (LF), Sanchez (RF), Brinson (CF), Panik (2B), León (C), I. Díaz (3B), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Marlins over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com

What to watch for on...

Friday & Saturday: Jesús Sánchez and Bryan De La Cruz.

  • Sánchez in Sept: 12-for-49, 6 HR, 5 BB, 19 K, .245/.327/.653.
  • De La Cruz in Sept: 14-for-47, 3 HR, 6 BB, 12 K, .298/.389/.532.
  • Rest of team in Sept: 69-for-338, 6 HR, 18 BB, 103 K, .204/.253/.308.
  • These two rookies have been carrying the Marlins offense in September. Sánchez and De La Cruz have a combined .952 OPS in September while the rest of the team posts a lackluster .561 OPS.
Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez (76) celebrates his solo home run with Miami Marlins outfielder Bryan De La Cruz (77) during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park
Jesús Sánchez (76) and Bryan De La Cruz (right)
Photo by Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

Sunday: Miami’s ace, Sandy Alcantara.

  • Alcantara’s last start: 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
  • Just when Sandy gives us a new career-high, he shatters through it next time out. Alcantara followed up his 14 strikeout game by pitching perfect through five innings. He carried the no-hitter through two outs in the seventh inning before Josh Bell lined one off the right field wall for the Nationals’ first hit of the game. Once again, he was magnificent. What will he give us this weekend?

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (1 vote)
  • 62%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (5 votes)
  • 25%
    Pirates win, 2-1
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Pirates sweep, 3-0
    (0 votes)
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