Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (31-34) at Miami Marlins (34-31)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Jeff Locke (L) (0-1) (5.109) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (4-2) (3.266)
The Line: Miami Marlins -132 / Pittsburgh Pirates +122 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-FL
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins will play a three-game series that begins Friday night at Marlins Park.
The Pirates just took three of four from the Chicago Cubs and are two games within a .500 record. A Pirates offense that has struggled for quite some time has scored four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Andrew McCutchen has scored eight runs in as many games and Pedro Alvarez has gotten on base at least once in nine of his last 10 games. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.85. Jeff Locke gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. Locke is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.
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The Marlins had Thursday off and return home where they are 22-11 on the season. The Marlins have won six of their last nine games and are three games above a .500 record. The Marlins offense has been inconsistent in the month of June, but Giancarlo Stanton has eight hits in his last nine games and Casey McGehee has 15 hits in his last nine games. The Marlins season ERA is 3.80. Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound, and he’s 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. This is Eovaldi’s second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-13 in Locke's last 19 road starts and 3-7 in Locke's last 10 starts with 4 days of rest. The Marlins are 4-1 in Eovaldi's last 5 home starts and 0-4 in Eovaldi's last 4 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Miami.
The Marlins play extremely well at home and the Pirates are as streaky of a team you're going to find. Not to mention the fish have their ace on the mound.