After taking two of three from the Astros, the Pirates head in to the brand new Marlins Park for a two-game set against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins, who most notably signed superstar shortstop Jose Reyes over the offseason, are 18-16 on the season, which is the inverse of the Pirates’ record of 16-18.
Taking the bump for the Pirates tonight is Brad Lincoln after Erik Bedard was scratched due to back spasms. Lincoln, who is 2-0 on the season, has tossed 14.1 innings over seven relief appearances. In those 14 1/3 innings, Lincoln has allowed one earned run, earning him an ERA of 0.63, and has allowed 16 baserunners of his own fault, bringing his WHIP to 1.05. Most surprising about Lincoln is his K/9 of 10.0. I realize he’s thrown just 14 1/3 innings, but he has never had a K/9 over 8.0.
The other half of the rubber match will be the 27-year old Anibal Sanchez. In six starts this season, Sanchez had thrown 40 1/3 innings with an ERA of 2.01. He’s struck out 46 batters on the year, bringing his K/9 to 10.3, which nicely compliments his 1.04 WHIP. Sanchez’s home ERA is actually one full point higher than his road ERA, but it’s still not encouraging as it is 2.77, which likely translates to 0.77 against the Pirates.