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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick- 8/8/13

Miami Marlins (43-69) at Pittsburgh Pirates (69-44)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

Jose Fernandez (R) (8-5) (2.538) vs. Gerrit Cole (R) (5-5) (3.689)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -131 / Miami Marlins +121 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins face off on Thursday in Pittsburgh as they close out their series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t blown the Marlins out, but they have played well enough to be on the verge of a sweep. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a home run and Neil Walker, Russell Martin, and Garrett Jones each had hits as the Pirates scored four runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton allowed six hits and two runs while striking out five over 7.0 innings to get the win to go to 4-3 on the season, and Mark Melancon earned his seventh save. For Thursday’s game, the Pirates start Gerrit Cole who has lost five of his last six starts. For the season, Cole has allowed 54 hits and 25 earned runs, while striking out 43 over 61 innings for a 5-5 record and a 3.69 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick- 8/8/13

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The Miami Marlins have lost four games in a row and, while they might be playing for next year, they have been competitive this year. On Wednesday, Christian Yelich had two hits and Ed Lucas, Giancarlo Stanton, and Logan Morrison each had hits as the Marlins scored tow runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Tom Koehler allowed four hits and three earned runs, while striking out eight over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 3-7 on the season. For Thursday’s game the Marlins start Jose Fernandez, who has won his last three starts. For the season, Fernandez has allowed 86 hits and 36 earned runs, while striking out 138 over 127.2 innings for a 8-5 record and a 2.54 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 8-2 in their last 10 games, 6-2 in their last eight games as a favorite, and 1-5 in Cole’s last six starts. Miami is 17-36 against the NL Central, 17-46 in their last 63 games as a road underdog, and 4-0 in Fernandez’s last four starts. Miami is 2-6 in the last eight meetings of these two.

Runs may be tough to come by here, but this total looks just too low and my free pick is on the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will give out that winning pick in the Premium Area.

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