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Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/3/14

Cincinnati Reds (55-55) at Miami Marlins (54-56)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Mike Leake (R) (8-9) (3.596) vs. Jacob Turner (R) (4-4) (5.677)

The Line: Miami Marlins -128 / Cincinnati Reds +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSFL

The Marlins look to salvage a series split in the finale of their four game series with the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds were shutout for seven innings on Saturday night, but they managed to force extra innings as Billy Hamilton delivered an RBI single in the 8th inning to tie the game at one.  Unfortunately the Reds would go on to lose 2-1 in the 10th as Sam LeCure took the loss after allowing an RBI single to Christian Yelich.   The Reds did manage to take the first two games of this series, but combined in the second half of the year they are just 4-11 as the offense has been largely nonexistent.  For Sunday’s finale the Reds will turn to righty Mike Leake who tossed a shutout over 7.2 innings in his latest outing against Arizona.  Leake has pitched six innings or more in 18 of his 22 starts this season and enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.24, ERA of 3.53 and 8-9 record for the season.   Leake has yet to face the Marlins this season but was successful on the road in Miami on May 5, 2013, scattering nine hits over 6.2 while not allowing a run.  The Reds are 26-30 away from home on the season.

Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/3/14

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The Miami Marlins snapped a three game losing streak with Saturday’s 2-1 win as the offense managed to overcome a lack of production against Reds pitching for the third straight night.  Miami will travel to Cincinnati next week as part of a nine game set upcoming against NL Central teams, making Sunday’s finale even more critical to generate momentum against an opponent they’ll be seeing again soon.  The Marlins will look to end the series on a positive note as they turn to 23 year old right-hander Jacob Turner who will look to build upon improving performance in the month of July.  Turner surrendered a total of three runs on ten hits over 10.2 innings in his most recent starts against the Astros and Braves after working out of the bullpen as the long man at the end of June and beginning of July.   For the season Turner has a WHIP of 1.59 and ERA of 5.69 to go along with a record of 4-6 on the year.  The Marlins are 31-27 at home on the season.

With totals of 4, 7 and 3 thus far in this series, I’ll take a chance on the under as neither team is particularly appealing to back in this spot.  

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Under 7.5 (1 unit)

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