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Gamethread: Gerrit Cole vs. Jose Fernandez

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It may not be Kershaw, Arrieta, Bumgarner, or anybody else in the nine-team ESPN baseball universe, but this is a marquee pitching matchup.  Gerrit Cole is coming off two starts in which he didn't have much, but still managed to battle through and help his team win.  You know, like aces do.  Meanwhile, Jose Fernandez is putting up some crazy numbers, like a 13.4 K/9.  Opponents are batting .216 against him and he's sporting a 2.53 xFIP.  His one weakness has been walks, which he's issues at a 3.7 per nine rate.  Game time is 7:10 pm.  The Marlins are still missing Giancarlo Stanton, which is a break for the Pirates.  The lineups:

Good guys

John Jaso, 1B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Gregory Polanco, RF
Jung-Ho Kang, 3B
Starling Marte, LF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Josh Harrison, 2B
Jordy Mercer, SS
Gerrit Cole, P

Bad guys

Ichiro Suzuki, RF
J.T. Realmuto, C
Christian Yelich, LF
Marcell Ozuna, CF
Justin Bour, 1B
Derek Dietrich, 2B
Chris Johnson, 3B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Jose Fernandez, P