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Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick- 8/16/13

San Francisco Giants (53-66) at Miami Marlins (45-73)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Chad Gaudin (R) (5-1) (2.599) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (2-2) (2.819)

The Line: Miami Marlins -110 / San Francisco Giants -110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Bay, FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants face off on Friday in Miami for game one of their weekend series.

The Miami Marlins have the excuse of it being a rebuilding year but they have been on the wrong end of a lot of scores. The Marlins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 26-32 at home this season, and they are 27 games back in the NL East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .230 with Logan Morrison hitting .276, Placido Polanco hitting .253, and Giancarlo Stanton hitting .237. As a team the Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 3.67 with the starters at 3.67 and the bullpen at 3.69. For game one against the Giants the Marlins start Nathan Eovaldi who has three no decisions and two losses in his last five starts. For the season Eovaldi has allowed 44 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 41 over 60.2 innings for a 2-2 record and a 2.82 ERA.

Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick- 8/16/13

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The San Francisco Giants aren’t going to repeat as World Series Champions and for them it has been a tough season. The Giants are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 22-36 on the road this season, and they are 17 games back in the NL West. As a team the Giants are hitting .259 with Buster Posey hitting .303, Marco Scutaro hitting .302, and Hunter Pence hitting .280. The Giants pitching staff has a disappointing 4.04 ERA with the starters at 4.39 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one against the Marlins the Giants start Chad Gaudin who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Gaudin has allowed 70 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 83 over 93 innings for a 5-2 record and a 2.42 ERA.

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Miami is 6-1 in their last seven games against the NL West, 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog, and 2-5 in Eovaldi’s last seven starts against a team with a losing record. San Francisco is 15-31 in their last 46 games overall, 2-8 in their last 10 games as a favorite, and 5-1 in Gaudin’s last six starts. San Francisco is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings of these two.

The odds makers have this one as a toss up and while the Giants have been weak this season they aren’t as weak as the Marlins.

San Francisco Giants -110

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