The Miami Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of a three-game series Sunday. The Pirates are one of the worst teams in the National League at 56-92 and the Marlins aren't much better at 62-86. Sandy Alcantara (9-13) gets the start for the Marlins Sunday while the Pirates counter with right-hander Max Kranick (1-3).
Pirates take first twoThe Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing good down the stretch. They have won 8 of their last 11 games and have won 4 straight series. They have won the first two games of this series including a 6-3 Saturday. Bryce Wilson got the win to improve to 3-7. Cole Tucker had 3 hits to lead the Pirates while Hoy Park had 2 RBIs. The Pirates are now 56-92.
Max Kranick gets the start for the Pirates. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in 6 starts. Kranick last pitched on September 1 when he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in 4.2 innings against the White Sox. The Pirates rank 28th in team ERA and 28th in team WHIP. They are 30th in runs scored, 30th in home runs, and 24th in team batting average.
Marlins fall 6-3The Marlins lost to the Pirates Saturday 6-3 to fall to a lowly 62-86. It was their second straight loss to Pittsburgh. Starter Edward Cabrera (0-2) took the loss. Nick Forte led the Marlins with 2 hits including a home run and 2 RBIs.
The Marlins will start Sandy Alcantara on Sunday. Alcantara has been one of the Marlins' best pitchers, with a record of 9-13 in 30 starts with a 3.10 ERA. Last time out, Alcantara was brilliant, throwing 8 scoreless innings and allowing only 1 hit in a 3-0 win over the Nationals. The right-hander had 7 strikeouts and 0 walks. The Marlins rank 8th in team ERA and 12th in team WHIP. They are 28th in runs scored, 28th in home runs, and 27th in team batting average.
- Marlins are 5-2 in their last 7 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
- Pirates are 12-39 in their last 51 road games.
- Pirates are 17-62 in their last 79 during game 3 of a series.
- Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.