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Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12) @ Miami Marlins (10-10)
Adam Conley (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs Jameson Taillon (1-0, 2.13 ERA)
Time: Friday – 7:10
The first game of the series has Adam Conley going up against Jameson Taillon. Taillon is coming off the worst start of his season. He started the game going 5 scoreless but could only record one out in the 6th and ended up giving up 4 runs in the inning.
The Pirates outfield gets a lot of praise for being one of the most athletic outfields from around the league. However, the Marlins aren’t far behind. Stanton, Ozuna, and Yelich are all very good, young outfielders.
David Freese remains out of the lineup. Today makes it day 4, if he has to miss tomorrow as well I wouldn’t be surprised if they DL him.
The Marlins are favorites in this game, barely.
Dan Straily (1-1, 3.92 ERA) vs Ivan Nova (2-2, 2.00 ERA)
Time: Saturday – 7:10
Game 2 will have former Cincinnati Red Dan Straily taking the mound against Ivan Nova. Straily has posted big time numbers in AAA but so far has struggled in the MLB. Down in AAA he manages to strikeout guys at a high rate, but his stuff hasn’t play nearly as well in the MLB. However, this season he is striking out 29% of hitters. The vast majority of his strikeouts actually came in his last start, where he managed to strikeout 14 batters against the Padres.
Ivan Nova is in a bit of a funk right now. He’s currently on a 1 walk game streak. Pretty pathetic.
Tom Koehler (1-1 5.14 ERA) vs Chad Kuhl (1-2, 6.63 ERA)
Time: Sunday – 1:10
Chad Kuhl was pretty bad last time out. The Cubs dominate him, as shown by his .471/.541/.863 slash line against them. I’m very interested in seeing this one, though. There were some signs that Kuhl was becoming quite a good pitcher before his 9 run implosion.
Tom Koehler is not very good. There’s not much else to say other than the Pirates offense could really boost their stats after this one.
Vegas has the series odds at even. I think the Pirates have a good chance at a sweep here, though.