Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 8/8/13
Marlins (43-69) at Pirates (69-44) 12:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs go for their fifth win in a row and a sweep today in a getaway contest with the Marlins. Regardless of the outcome today, this has been an excellent and possibly a season-defining homestand. The Pirates won all three series and gained significant ground in the division race. And it’s August. Today’s starters… Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.54) vs. Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.69) Just an awesome matchup here. Fernandez has been absolutely brilliant as a rookie – he was NL Rookie of the Month in July and certainly has to be right in the ROY mix with Puig. Two starts ago against the Pirates, he was phenomenal and struck out fourteen, outdueling Cole. The Bucs have their work cut out for them today. Cole still pitched pretty well in that game, though, and looked good early in his last start before falling apart a bit in the sixth. That was the Pirates’ most recent loss, so he’s looking to get back on the winning track. Gerrit has been getting more strikeouts lately, but his most recent start (5.1 IP) was tied for the shortest of his young career.
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