Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/6/14
Miami Marlins (54-57) at Pittsburgh Pirates (59-52)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Tom Koehler (R) (7-8) (3.701) vs. Jeff Locke (L) (2-3) (3.771)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -137 / Miami Marlins +127 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, ROOT-PIT
The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates play game two of three at PNC Park on Wednesday.
The Marlins have won eight of their last 12 games and are two games below a .500 record. While the Marlins did score six runs in Tuesday’s win, they’ve been held to three or less runs in six of their last seven games. Ironically, the Marlins have split their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Giancarlo Stanton has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Garrett Jones has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Marlins have an ERA of 3.84, which is 19th in the league. Starting is Tom Koehler, who is 7-8 with a 3.70 ERA and has 100 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. Koehler is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.
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The Pirates have lost six of their last 11 games and are six games above a .500 record. While the Pirates offense has improved, producing four or more runs in six of their last nine games, they’re going to be really tested without Andrew McCutchen until further notice. The Pirates have lost five of their last six when scoring three or less runs. Josh Harrison has a nine-game hitting streak and Russell Martin has nine RBIs in his last 10 games. The Pirates have an ERA of 3.71, which is 16th in baseball. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.77 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 74 innings. Locke is 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 2-6 in Koehlers last 8 starts with 5 days of rest and 3-8 in Koehlers last 11 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Pirates are 4-0 in Lockes last 4 home starts and 1-7 in Lockes last 8 starts following a team loss in their previous game. The Marlins are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
We hit on the Marlins as my premium pick yesterday and we're going with the fish and the plus money once again. Pitt is a different team without its best player.