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Pirates look for boost from Ke'Bryan Hayes in tilt vs. Marlins

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Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Marlins are the only major-league team with a losing record (24-30) but a positive run differential this season (+5). The Pirates are last in the major leagues in run differential (-83)
  2. The Marlins have lost their last three one-run games and they are 4-11 (.267) in games decided by the minimum margin this season. The only team with a lower winning percentage in one-run games than the Marlins this season is the Diamondbacks (2-12, .143).
  3. The Pirates have not had more than two hits with runners in scoring position in any of their last 11 games and over that time they are 11-for-78 (.141) with RISP.
  4. Adam Frazier has had at least one extra-base hit in each of his last five games, the longest current streak in the major leagues. Miami's Starling Marte has the second longest current streak (four games).
  5. Jesus Aguilar's home run yesterday ended his stretch of 64 at-bats without one, which was the fourth longest homer drought of his major-league career.
  6. Elieser Hernandez has thrown 100+ pitches in only one of his 28 starts in the major leagues (101 on June 17, 2019). Tyler Anderson has allowed seven home runs over his last three starts (2, 3, 2) after going five starts without surrendering a homer.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/3/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates could get a boost Thursday when they open a four-game home series against the visiting Miami Marlins.

Ke'Bryan Hayes, a dynamic young third baseman who was injured in the second game of the season, is expected to come off the 60-day injured list and play Thursday.

There will be a pretty big heap of expectations on the 24-year-old to help salvage a sagging rebuilding season and give Pittsburgh fans a reason to pay attention.

"Obviously, getting Ke'Bryan back -- he's our best and most talented player -- that'll be a big boost," Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings said. "Counting down the days since he got hurt for him to be back."

That count should reach zero Thursday, according to manager Derek Shelton.

Hayes homered in his first at-bat this season. He had at least one significant setback in his recovery from a left wrist injury he received on a swing in his second game, but completed a recent rehab stint in Triple-A.

In his first 24 big-league games last September, the 2015 first-round draft pick had a .376/.442/.682 slash line with five homers and 11 RBIs.

"That's a different type of player," said Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl, who was on an overlapping rehab stint. "Offensively, defensively, he's really, really good. Just having that guy alone changes the complexion of the lineup."

Whether he can change the complexion of Pittsburgh's record is another question. The Pirates have lost three straight games, nine of 11 and 12 of 15.

Miami also could use a boost.

The Marlins have lost a season-worst five straight games -- including Toronto's rally in the ninth inning Wednesday for a 6-5 win -- to fall to a season-worst six games below .500.

Of the Marlins' 30 losses, 11 have been by one run and seven by two runs.

Perhaps outfielder Starling Marte will help against the Pirates. The series marks the return of the former Pittsburgh regular to PNC Park. In four games since he came back from a broken rib, he is 5-for-14 with a homer, three doubles and three walks.

"I'm very excited to come back," Marte, who was traded away in January 2020, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I played there for years, so it's going to be great to see the fans and play for everyone watching on TV."

The Marlins don't have something on the horizon to quite match Hayes' return, but right-hander Elieser Hernandez (right biceps inflammation) is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday. Manager Don Mattingly would reveal only that Hernandez should be activated during the series in Pittsburgh.

Hernandez figures to be a possibility to start the opener Thursday against Pittsburgh left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-5, 4.63 ERA). Miami has not named a starter for that game.

In his only appearance this year, April 3 against Tampa Bay, Hernandez gave up two runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings and did not get a decision.

Hernandez is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in two career games against Pittsburgh, including one start.

Anderson has lost three of his past four decisions, including his last start. He gave up four runs and five hits in five innings against the Chicago Cubs on May 27.

He is 1-3 with a 3.96 ERA in five career starts against Miami.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 3, 2021

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