MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Pittsburgh1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 691
Miami0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 371
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  W: B. Wilson (3-7)   L: E. Cabrera (0-2)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT, September 18, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 12,300

Low-scoring Pirates, Marlins to meet again

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins

  1. Pittsburgh took three of four in the teams' earlier meeting this season at PNC Park from June 3-6, tallying 7+ hits in all four games. The Bucs have taken two of three in each of their last three series at Marlins Park after dropping three of four there in 2016.
  2. All three of the Pirates' games against the Reds this week were decided by one run, with the Pirates winning 6-5 and 5-4 decisions in the first two before dropping the finale, 1-0. It was the fourth time this season and second time this month the Pirates have played three consecutive one-run games (also September 2-4); they have not played four straight one-run games since June 15-21, 2019 (five straight).
  3. Bryan Reynolds enters the weekend hitting .299 after batting .189 last season. That 110-point increase would be the largest year-to-year improvement among players to qualify in both seasons since Cleveland's Jeff Heath hit .219 in 1940 and .340 in 1941.
  4. Wil Crowe is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA and .333 opponent AVG in seven starts since August 1 after going 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and .223 opponent AVG in five July starts. However, Crowe has gotten a no-decision in each of his last five starts; one more would tie the Pirates' modern-era record for most consecutive no-decision starts (most recent: Chris Archer, June 16-July 17, 2019).
  5. The Marlins are batting .219 this month, fourth lowest in MLB and lowest in the NL. However, their .227 opponent average this month ranks fifth in MLB and fourth in the NL, trailing only the Brewers (.197), Dodgers (.202), and Braves (.214).
  6. Jesus Sanchez hit two home runs in Wednesday's victory over the Nationals, his first career multi-homer game. He has six home runs in 13 games this month -- only Bryce Harper, Salvador Perez, and Marcus Semien have more (seven each). He had six home runs in his first 38 games this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates rely on Bryan Reynolds, and the Miami Marlins are doing the same with Bryan De La Cruz.

When the Pirates play the host Marlins on Saturday in the middle game of three this weekend, the center fielders are among the players to watch.

In 144 games this year, Reynolds is hitting .299 with career highs in home runs (23) and RBIs (86).

"He keeps it simple," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of the 26-year-old Reynolds. "He's worried about hitting the ball hard, making sure he's on time.

"If you want to call that old school, I think every hitter has to do that, but some of them get caught up doing other things."

De La Cruz, 24, has been a revelation since making his major league debut on July 30. The Marlins traded for De La Cruz, who is hitting .333 in 43 games. He has hit seven doubles, one triple and five homers, and his defense has been outstanding as evidenced by the Pirates runner he threw out at the plate on Friday. His triple also came Friday.

"It's hard to say he's been anything but great," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of De La Cruz. "He plays good defense. His at-bats are consistent, and he is consistent daily."

Consistency has not been the forte of Marlins rookie right-hander Edward Cabrera (0-1, 6.61 ERA), who will start on Saturday.

Cabrera, who made his MLB debut on Aug. 25 and has yet to face the Pirates, started strong. He allowed just three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Washington Nationals in his debut.

Since then, however, he has allowed nine runs in 10 innings in three starts, and the Marlins lost all three.

Cabrera has held right-handed hitters to a .154 batting average and a .622 OPS. But lefty hitters have feasted on him (.355 batting average, 1.234 OPS).

Cabrera, ranked 30th among prospects by MLB Pipeline, has a fastball that can climb up to triple digits. Mostly, though, he pitches at about 95 mph. Cabrera also has a slider and a changeup -- solid pitches that need more consistency.

The Pirates will counter Cabrera with right-hander Bryse Wilson (2-7, 4.97 ERA), debuted in the majors in 2018 with the Atlanta Braves.

He is 5-8 with a 5.33 ERA in 29 career games, including 21 starts. But in seven starts with the Pirates, he is winless: 0-4 with a 5.09 ERA.

The 23-year-old Wilson has done well in two appearances against the Marlins, including one start, going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

The Pirates, who acquired Wilson on July 30 in a trade that sent reliever Richard Rodriguez to Atlanta, have yet to see the benefits of that deal.

Meanwhile, both Wilson and Cabrera are hoping their teams offer them improved run support on Saturday. The Pirates entered this weekend ranked last in the majors in runs scored. The Marlins are third-from-the-bottom.

That lack of offense was in evidence on Friday night as the Pirates took the series opener, 2-1. The Pirates managed just six hits on Friday, and they have scored just two total runs in their past two games. The Marlins managed just five hits on Friday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2021

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