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  • 15 July 2019
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    (31-39 ,
    fourth in the NL Central) vs. Miami Marlins (25-43, fifth in the NL East)Miami;
    Sunday, 1 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Chris Archer (3-6, 5.73 ERA, 1.46
    WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (3-6, 3.67 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 52
    strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: Pirates favored by 1 1/2 runs;
    over/under is 8 runsBOTTOM LINE: Miami and Pittsburgh will meet at Marlins Park
    on Sunday.The Marlins are 13-24 in home games. Miami has slugged .348, last in
    the league. Jorge Alfaro leads the club with a .441 slugging percentage,
    including 14 extra-base hits and nine home runs.The Pirates are 18-21 in road
    games. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .260 batting average as a team this
    season, good for eighth in the National League. Bryan Reynolds leads the team
    with a mark of .364. The Marlins won the last meeting 4-3. Pablo Lopez earned
    his fifth victory and Harold Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Miami. Geoff
    Hartlieb registered his first loss for Pittsburgh.TOP PERFORMERS: Alfaro leads
    the Marlins with nine home runs and is batting .271. Brian Anderson is 10-for-36
    with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs over the last 10 games for
    Miami.Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 48 extra base hits and has 64 RBIs. Colin
    Moran is 8-for-35 with a
    double Tyler
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    , three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for
    Pittsburgh.LAST 10 GAMES: Marlins: 3-7, .237 batting average, 4.40 ERA,
    outscored by 17 runsPirates: 2-8, .278 batting average, 5.89 ERA, outscored by
    six runsMarlins Injuries: Jose Urena: 60-day IL (back), Drew Steckenrider:
    60-day IL (elbow), Caleb Smith: 10-day IL (hip), Riley Ferrell: 60-day IL
    (bicep), Julian Fernandez: 60-day IL (elbow), Peter O’Brien: 10-day IL
    (ribcage), Neil Walker: 10-day IL
    (quad) ,
    Martin Prado: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jon Berti: 10-day IL (oblique), Chad
    Wallach: 10-day IL (concussion).Pirates Injuries: Trevor Williams: 10-day IL
    (side), Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), Chris Stratton: 10-day IL (side),
    Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Jordan Lyles: 10-day IL (hamstring), Chad
    Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 60-day IL (shoulder), Rookie Davis: 10-day
    IL (finger), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL
    (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL
    (collarbone) Yuli
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    , Francisco Cervelli: 10-day IL (concussion). The versatile
    player hopes to land a job with the Dbacks in 2019"If familiar with this series
    go ahead and skip to poll. If not, please read on.This series of articles will
    run from now until shortly before opening day. The purpose is to crowd source
    the D-Backs fans of this website to get a sense of how they feel about the
    prospects of each individual player on the 40 man roster. For this exercise I
    will only be using rate (average) stats and poll the readers on their sense of
    direction for that player’s level of basic performance, regardless of playing
    time expectations.I’m not including defense and base running, so no WAR here, as
    that is playing time dependent. You will be given two poll options:The player
    will either exceed the projection or under perform the projection by 5% for
    hitters OPS or 10% for pitchers ERA/FIP.There is no middle option to vote on.
    (Otherwise the majority of votes would end up agreeing with the projection).What
    I am looking for is if you are forced to indicate your sense of direction for
    the player, is it well over or under the projection?Other Points of
    note:Projections are the average of Steamer and ZIPS projections.(Click through
    for original tables)The projections draw on 3 or 4 year samples, weighting most
    recent seasons the heaviest, but I’m just showing 2018 and career statsin mini
    table below for simplicityThe player’s name is high lighted with a link to the
    player’s Baseball-Reference page.Click on that to see more player history and
    detailAge is the 2019 player age.Polls will run until mid March, so if you miss
    a player,you can go to the story stream box on the front page andfind a player
    you might have missed .Please let us know in the comments section your thoughts
    behind your vote. Thanks !CONTEXTTIM LOCASTRO Age 26Tim Locastro has a
    projection for a .686 OPS. Is he likely to come in over or under ?