Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA over his last four starts, and he looks to continue that success as he faces Miami on Saturday. He hopes his recent history against the Marlins will continue, as opposed to his overall history against them.
The last time he saw Miami, on Aug. 7 of last season, Morton gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings to earn the win. But in his career, he is 4-3 with a 4.70 ERA in eight starts against the Marlins.
While he has pitched well as of late, Morton has tried to maintain an even-keeled approach.
"I try not to get caught up in results," he said. "I focus on the process, focus on what I know works, what I need to know. At the end of the year, you'll look back and you can see that. It's short-sighted to look at outing to outing and kind of judge myself based on one outing or two outings, say I threw the ball well there based on how many runs I gave up. You hope that you put your time in to work, and at the end of the year, you look at the body of work."
At the end of the year, Morton hopes to see another win over Miami among his results. He will be opposed by veteran southpaw Randy Wolf, who has a large body of work against the Pirates.
Wolf has faced the Bucs 20 times in his 13-year big league career, going 9-4 with a 4.43 ERA against them. He is looking to make important contributions to Miami's starting rotation after being signed after 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez needed season-ending Tommy John surgery.
"There are still some unknowns there with him," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Wolf, who before signing with the Marlins hadn't pitched since 2012 due to a second Tommy John procedure. "But I like the way he attacks hitters. He's still about the same as when I faced him. Now, it's just a matter of him to continue to pitch, execute pitches and try to get as deep into games as he can."
Pirates: Double trouble
The Pirates have been double-happy over their last few games, hitting a season-high seven of them in their 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Thursday, the most for the team since July 18, 2012 (also seven). The Bucs have hit 17 doubles over their last five games.
One member of the Pirates who has a history of doubling at Marlins Park is first baseman Ike Davis, who has five of them, as well as four home runs, in 19 career games there. Davis hit a two-run double in Friday's 8-6, 13-inning win.
Marlins: Furcal makes long-awaited debut
After missing the first 65 games of the season with hamstring and groin injuries, middle infielder Rafael Furcal finally joined the Marlins in Friday's series opener with the Pirates at Marlins Park. And despite going 0-for-6, he did draw a crucial walk in the ninth and scored the tying run to force extra innings.
Furcal is excited to finally be able to contribute to his new club, and even just to be back on the field after missing the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery.
"It's been very tough," the 14-year Major League veteran said before the game. "It's been a long year, last year and this year. I wanted to be with the team since the first game of the season, but my hamstring wouldn't let me. But now it's pretty good. I played in the Minor Leagues [on rehab assignment] more than I think my whole career."
• Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton belted homer No. 18 on Friday night. Stanton's high for homers before the All-Star Break is 19, in 2012. The franchise record for homers before the break is 28, by Mike Lowell in 2003.
• Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich exited Friday night's game in the second inning with back spasms. He is listed as day to day. Reed Johnson replaced Yelich in left field.
• Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is 5-for-16 (.313) with four doubles in his career against Wolf. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 3-for-9 with two homers against the left-hander, while center fielder Andrew McCutchen has struggled in his career against Wolf, hitting .200 (5-for-25) against him.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.