Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/2/14
Cincinnati Reds (54-54) at Miami Marlins (53-55)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Homer Bailey (R) (8-5) (4.033) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (5-6) (4.500)
The Line: Miami Marlins +100 / Cincinnati Reds -110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, FSN-FL
The Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins play game three of four Saturday at Marlins Park.
With wins in three of their last four games, the Reds have improved to one game above a .500 record. The Reds are getting the job done with their pitching staff that has allowed three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games. The Reds have an overall ERA of 3.42 and have won four of their last five games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Todd Frazier has an RBI in three of his last four games and Jay Bruce has gotten on base in four straight games. Starting is Homer Bailey, who is 8-5 with a 4.03 ERA and has 111 strikeouts in 131.2 innings. Bailey is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins.
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The Marlins have lost three straight and have dropped three games below .500. The issue for the Marlins has been a lack of offense as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in four straight games and have lost seven of their last 11 games when that’s the case. Giancarlo Stanton has homered in three straight games and Garrett Jones has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. The Marlins have an ERA of 3.86, which is 18th in baseball. Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.37 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 136 innings. This will be Eovaldi’s first career game against the Reds.
The Reds are 5-2 in Baileys last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-13 in Baileys last 18 starts as an underdog. The Marlins are 1-5 in Eovaldis last 6 home starts and 1-5 in Eovaldis last 6 starts overall.
The Marlins have too good of an offense to continue putting up goose eggs. Expect the fish to bounce back like they have all season and get the win on Saturday.