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The Pittsburgh Pirates http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-sammy-sosa-jersey , like other teams realistically out of contention for a playoff spot, are looking to the future. That doesn’t just mean having a look at young call-ups this month.There is a burgeoning competition in the rotation, one that isn’t much more than a mythical designation at this point, but one that has been illustrated by two eye-popping stretches.Right-hander Jameson Taillon, who is scheduled to face the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series at PNC Park, has made 17 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer, dating to May 27.Article continues below ...Taillon (11-9, 3.45 ERA) has competition for Pirates staff ace from right-hander Trevor Williams, who has a 0.66 ERA in his past nine starts, including 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in a 5-1 win in the series opener.There has been no public sparring between Taillon and Williams over who is No. 1. Taillon, who has completed six innings in seven consecutive starts, just seems grateful for his growth as a major league starter. He will be making his 28th start Wednesday with 159 innings under his belt.“You can learn from your success just as easily as you can from your failure. I seem to take something away from every start Joe Maddon Jersey , every bullpen — there’s always something,” he said Friday after he struck out seven in seven innings in a 3-2 win over Atlanta.“It feels good to be taking the ball. It feels good to look up there and see my inning count up there. You see it on the scoreboard. It’s something to be proud of, taking the ball and pitching deep into games. That’s something that I want to be known for. I don’t know if I’ve been known for that in my career the way that I want to be. So, going forward, that’s a point of focus.”Taillon is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 career starts against the Reds.The Pirates (68-71) will be going for a series sweep Wednesday and are 11-4 this year against Cincinnati (59-81), which has lost five of seven overall.Going against Taillon, 26, Wednesday will be right-hander Homer Bailey (1-13, 6.13 ERA), a grizzled veteran by comparison.Bailey, 32, enters the game three strikeouts shy of 1 http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-willson-contreras-jersey ,000 in his career, with 1,225 1/3 innings under his belt.The Reds’ struggles have affected his record. Cincinnati is 1-18 in Bailey’s 19 starts.He is 0-6 in with a 5.26 ERA in seven starts since coming off the disabled list because of right knee inflammation. However, he has 33 strikeouts and eight walks in 39 1/3 innings in those seven outings.In a 12-5 loss to St. Louis Friday, Bailey gave up seven runs in five innings, but only three runs were earned.“He’s getting closer and closer to being what he can be, but as he goes through it, he’s not getting away with anything,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Bailey. “Hitters are all over his stuff, and he’s pitching into some bad luck.”Against Pittsburgh, Bailey is 10-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 23 career starts. MIAMI — Perhaps the Miami Marlins have signaled that they are not going to take it anymore. Entering Friday, the last-place Marlins had lost seven straight games to the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.But after beating the Braves 1-0 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday Albert Almora Jr Jersey , the Marlins need a win Sunday to take a series from Atlanta for the first time this season.Overall, the Braves (72-57) lead this year’s series 13-5, but you couldn’t tell that from the past two nights. The Marlins (53-78) got great starting pitching from Dan Straily and Wei-Yin Chen — they combined for 12 scoreless innings — and also received nearly impeccable relief work.Article continues below ...Only a ninth-inning homer by shortstop Dansby Swanson on Saturday got Atlanta on the board the past two nights.“It shows you that we’re capable of beating a first-place team,” Straily said. “It really does a lot of good for the morale of our clubhouse.”On Sunday, the Marlins will start 22-year-old rookie right-hander Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.42 ERA). The native of Venezuela began the season at Double-A Jacksonville and received a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans before beating the New York Mets 5-2 on June 30 in his major-league debut.Lopez is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in his one appearance against the Braves on Aug. 13. He will face Braves right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-9, 3.99 ERA), a former LSU pitcher who was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Baltimore Orioles.Gausman is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts since the Braves acquired him from the Orioles on July 31. He has allowed just three runs in his past 22 innings.Braves pitchers have gone at least eight innings just four times this season — twice by Gausman, who has the ability to be a staff ace.Gausman will face a Marlins lineup that lacks big names but can surprise pitchers on occasion.Case in point is rookie third baseman Brian Anderson, who has also played right field this year.Anderson hit his 10th homer of the season on Saturday and has been a standout despite being lost in the giant shadows cast by fellow rookies Ronald Acuna of the Atlanta Braves and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.Anderson’s home run was pulled 415 feet to left field. The exit velocity was clocked at 106 mph.Miami also got a triple and a run scored Saturday from Rafael Ortega, a 27-year-old from Venezuela who can best be described as a career minor-leaguer. He entered the month with just 68 games of major-league experience but now is starting for the Marlins in right field. Miami also starts a rookie in center field (Magneuris Sierra), a rookie in left field (Austin Dean) Kyle Hendricks Jersey , rookie Anderson at third and rookie Lopez on the mound.In addition, the shortstop, JT Riddle, is in his second year in the majors and started this season in the minors.The Braves have a much better lineup on paper with Acuna (.930 OPS) in left field, Freddie Freeman (.920 OPS) at first base and Nick Markakis (.852 OPS) in right field. Right now, though, the Braves are slumping.“You hit a roadblock sometimes in baseball,” Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz told the ajc.com. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s why you play 162.”

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