Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/15/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (33-34) at Miami Marlins (34-32)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Vance Worley (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (3-3) (2.556)
The Line: Miami Marlins -138 / Pittsburgh Pirates +128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Florida
The Pittsburgh Pirates eye a three game road sweep of the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon.
One of the more dangerous teams in the National League Central appears to have finally gotten their mojo back after a very slow start. The Buccos have won four straight and five of six with plenty of pitching and hitting on display. Pitt continued their hot play with an 8-6 decision on Saturday behind a strong effort on the mound from Charlie Morton who allowed two runs over 6.1 frames befor Stolmy Pimentel served up a pair of homers and four runs in the 9th to make things interesting. Andrew McCutchen and Jody Mercer led the attack with long balls and five RBI's with Gregory Polanco driving in two more. The Pirates hand the ball to Vance Worley to close out the series on the mound with Miami. Worley makes his first appearance with Pittsburgh after pitching for Minnesota in 2013.
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The top of the National League East is so tight that a few defeats can drop a team from first to third in a heartbeat. Following the Marlins loss to the Pirates Saturday they have dropped five of seven with neither the arms or bats standing out. The Marlins are still right in the mix of things but need to get back on track and they didn't get enough on the bump from Randy Wolf who was charged five runs in four frames with Kevin Slowey giving three runs in two innings. The offense was quiet until the 9th with Marcell Ozuna and Jeff Baker clubbed two run bombs but as they say, it was too little too late. Henderson Alvarez toes the rubber in the final game of the series with the visiting Pirates. Alverez has been outstanding in 2014 with a 3-3 record and a sparkling 2.56 ERA in 13 outings.
Alvarez has been nothing short of fantastic and is strongest at home while Worley is a bit of an unknown. Perhaps if the Marlins score some runs Alverez will get the Fish in the win column...