In the opening match of a four-game series, the Pirates and Marlins square off for their inaugural meeting this year. The Miami Marlins enter this matchup with an overall record of 42-33 and 22-15 at home, which puts them in 2nd place in the NL East and in 4th place in the National League. While the Pittsburgh Pirates is currently in 4th place in the NL Central and in 11th place in the National League, with a record of 34-39 overall and 16-20 on the road.
On offense, the Marlins rank 23th in baseball with 69 homers and an average of 4.04 runs per game, along with a .260 batting average this year – placing them 8th overall in Major League Baseball. Luis Arraez and Jorge Soler have been two standout performers this season for Miami.
Pitching-wise, this team ranks 13th in Major League Baseball with an ERA of 4.08; they also possess an excellent strikeout statistic placing them joint 3rd with 703 strikeouts. These numbers indicate a team with great pitching staff performance.
The 25-year-old lefty Braxton Garrett is scheduled to start in this game. In thirteen starts along with a relief appearance (69.2 IP), he has a 3-2 record, a 3.88 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 77/14 K/BB ratio in this campaign.
Pittsburgh enters this game having lost nine of their past ten games, narrowing their window for competing for an NL Central playoff berth quickly. They hope that victory over Miami on Thursday can break their skid.
There were just 20 runs scored by the Pirates in those 9 matches. With 418 at-bats and a slash line of just .211/.296/.340, they have hit 11 home runs in the past several weeks. With a 5.92 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and .277 batting average during the last thirteen matches, the Bucs’ bullpen has also had trouble.
Mitch Keller will lead off for Pittsburgh in this game and has an 8-3 record, 3.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP this year. In particular, his performance against left-handed batters has been notable – holding them to just a.235 average with an OPS of .321.
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins Game Information
- Date: 06/22/2023
- Time: 06:40 PM ET
- Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.
- How to Watch: Pirates vs Marlins MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV