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Saturday's scouting report: Pirates at Marlins

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Friday, June 13, 2014, 7:06 p.m.
 

• With their two most talented pitchers (Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano) on the disabled list, the Pirates need Charlie Morton to continue his recent hot pitching. Morton is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last two outings. Over those starts, Morton has struck out 16 in 12 innings. ... Morton never has allowed a home run to the current collection of Marlins and should be aided in continuing that streak by the deep dimensions of Marlins Park.

• The Pirates have not seen many left-handed starting pitchers this season since the NL Central is so right-handed dominant. The Pirates are 3-4 in games started by left-handers. Marlins left Randy Wolf has held current Pirates to a .229 batting average. Wolf's fastball averages just 87.6 mph, yet he throws it on more than half of his offerings.

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Starling Marte entered Friday's play 8 for 16 in his last four games to snap out of an 0-for-23 snap. Marte is hitting .524 when batting sixth this year, perhaps an ideal long-term home for him in the lineup.

 

 
 


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