The Pittsburgh Pirates (31-39) will take on the Miami Marlins (25-43) for three games on the road this weekend. The Pirates will send out Chris Archer this afternoon in the finale of the three-game series. He allowed seven runs over six innings against the Atlanta Braves in his last start. That came five days after he gave up one run over six innings against the Braves. The Marlins will counter with 23-year-old right-hander Sandy Alcantara, who has a 3.67 ERA in 76 innings, with 52 strikeouts and a 1.37 WHIP. He has given up just two runs over 18 innings in his last three starts combined. Alcantara has pitched much better at home than on the road this year, with a 37:16 SO/BB ratio in 44.1 home innings, compared to 15:20 SO/BB ratio in 31.2 road innings.
The Pirates added Yefry Ramirez to the bullpen today. Dario Agrazal has been returned to Indianapolis.
As a side note, Jacob Stallings is in the lineup today. Which means that he could finally get his 100th Major League at-bat (he’s at 97). Only took four seasons. So he should reach that 130 AB limit for prospects by the final game of the 2020 season at this rate.
Here are the lineups:
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