Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/20/14
New York Mets (32-40) at Miami Marlins (36-35)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (R) (2-0) (3.635) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (3-3) (2.557)
The Line: Miami Marlins -138 / New York Mets +128 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, SNY
The Miami Marlins host the New York Mets in game number two of their series on Friday night.
The Mets have fallen to 5th in the National League East but with nobody really taking control of the division the New Yorkers aren't as far behind as one would expect. New York defeated Miami 1-0 in the series opener for their 4th win in eleven contests. This one belonged to Zack Wheeler brought his 'A' game and needed to. Wheeler tossed a complete game three hitter with eight stikeouts to improve to 3-7. The offense logged six hits and received all the scoring they would need on David Wrights first inning bomb. The Mets search for consecutive victories in South Florida when Daisuke Matsuzaka takes the ball Friday. Matsuzaka has been strong since joining the rotation with a 3-0 record and 2.81 ERA.
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The Marlins looked poised to take over the National League East a few weeks ago but the pitching has gone to the dogs leading to defeats in seven of eleven. The work on the mound came through Thursday but the offense didn't and it wasted the Major League debut of Andrew Heaney who gave up the only run on a first inning solo jack. Heaney allowed only four hits through six innings yet had nothing to show for his efforts but a loss. The high scoring Marlins totaled just three hits and a base on balls and didn't threaten. The Marlins turn to Henderson Alvarez on the bump who is charged with evening the series with the Mets. Alvarez has logged a 3-3 record despite a 2.56 ERA although the team is 9-5 in his outings.
Matsuzaka has been outstanding and almost unhittable but he can get wild. Alvarez has been great in his own right and has been fantastic at home. I wouldn't go big on the Fish until they turn things around but I'm backing them...