2019 MLB – Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates taking place? Wednesday 4th September, 2019 – 00:05 (UK)

Where is Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates taking place? PNC Park

What is the expected weather for Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates? Sunny, 26c

What television channel is Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / ATT SportsNet Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Florida in the US

Where can I stream Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / Fox Sports GO, MLB.tv in the US

Where can I get tickets for Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Miami Marlins 4 – 5 Pittsburgh Pirates

THE TEAM NEWS

MIAMI MARLINS

  • The Marlins got swept by the Washington Nationals the last time out, and have gone 1-4 in their last five games. They also own a 3-7 mark in their last 10 MLB outings, and have been one of the worst teams in the National League by a wide margin all season long.
  • The Marlins have several injured players that could return this week, such as Cesar Puello, Julian Fernandez, JT Riddle and Austin Brice. Starlin Castro has been the team’s best player in recent days, as he is hitting for .320 with three home runs in Miami’s last seven games.
  • Sandy Alcantara will make the start for the Marlins here after registering eight strikeouts in his previous start, although he averages 6.71 strikeouts per every nine innings, which is fairly low for a starter. The 23-year-old right-hander is 4-12 with a 4.22 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 155.2 innings across 26 starts this season.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

  • The Pirates are coming off an impressive four-game sweep against the Colorado Rockies last week, and they own a 4-1 mark in their last five games. Pittsburgh are 8-2 in their last 10 games as well, and they have been one of the best teams in the National League over that span.
  • Gregory Polanco and Chris Archer remain injured and with a slim chance of returning this season, while Lonnie Chisenhall, Edgar Santana and Chad Kuhl are among the players that are out for the reminder of the season. Josh Bell might get most of the press, but Bryan Reynolds has been excellent as well and is very much alive in the race for the NL batting title thanks to his .335 batting average.
  • Mitch Keller will get the start for Pittsburgh here. The 23-year-old rookie has made seven starts this season, but the results have not been great so far since he is 1-3 with an 8.62 ERA, a 1.98 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

THE PREDICTION

The Pirates and the Marlins are not likely to make the playoffs this season, but the difference between these two teams is huge at the moment. Pittsburgh have a far better record of late and they are also playing at home – that should be enough to list them as favourites entering into this tie.

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