The Marlins' starting rotation entered Tuesday's game against the Pirates, the first of a nine-game road trip, on a club-record 12-game streak of not allowing a home run.
Henderson Alvarez will try to make it 13 in a row. Alvarez has been strong since the second half began giving up only two runs in 20.1 innings (0.89 ERA). Only Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner is better (0.82) since the All-Star break.
Jose Fernandez, a key contributor to that surge, won National League Rookie of the Month honors Monday.
But before Tuesday's game, Fernandez didn't want to take sole credit for the award, acknowledging the recognition it brings to the young Marlins.
“It’s a privilege to get that [award], and it represents every man on the team,” Fernandez said. “It’s not only my accomplishment, it’s the team’s accomplishment. It’s [Jeff] Mathis calling a great game back there, it’s us making plays and getting hits.
“It’s amazing to have that support. This team is young, but I see a lot of passion on this club and we hate to lose. We just have to keep playing and I think next year, you’ll see a lot of surprises from this team. Everybody has seen that we’re playing a lot better.”
Marlins (43-67): Yelich lf, Lucas 3b, Stanton rf, Morrison 1b, Solano 2b, Hechavarria ss, Marisnick cf, Mathis c, Alvarez rhp.
Pirates (67-44): Marte lf, Walker 2b, McCutchen cf, Alvarez 3b, Martin c, Jones 1b, Presley rf, Mercer ss, Locke lhp.