Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/7/14
Miami Marlins (55-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (60-53)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Brian Flynn (L) (0-0) (6.00) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (8-7) (3.970)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -130 / Miami Marlins +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, ROOT
The Pirates and Marlins meet up from PNC Park on Thursday night to decide their three game series.
The Miami Marlins rallied late on Tuesday night to win running away, but on Wednesday night the Pirates returned the favor as the Marlins lost 7-3. The fish struck first in the opening frame, but Tom Koehler promptly gave up the lead in the bottom half where he allowed all of his four runs on the night over six innings of work. Christian Yelich hit a two run home run in the second as the Marlins didn’t plate any more runs the rest of the way in a seven hit, three run performance. The Marlins are realistically on the outside of the playoff hunt and will be looking to build around some promising talent for the future.
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The Marlins will look to exit Pittsburgh win a series win as they send 24 year old lefty Brian Flynn to the mound for his first start of 2014. Flynn made one relief appearance this season allowing two runs on four hits over three innings against the A’s on June 27th, and across four starts in 2013 Flynn had a WHIP of 2.22 and ERA of 8.50 across 18 innings.
The Marlins are 24-30 on the road for the season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were in payback mode during last night’s 7-3 win as Josh Harrison had three hits and scored twice, Ike Davis delivered a two run double, and Gregory Polanco and Russell Martin each had two hits as the Pirates scored seven times on nine hits. The offensive output was refreshing for Pirates backers considering the absence of all-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, whose status remains in doubt after suffering “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib”.
The Pirates will look to continue their playoff push as they send Edinson Volquez to the mound for Thursday’s series finale. Volquez pitched a complete game on July 10th in St. Louis, but since that outing it has been downhill for the 31 year old right hander. In his last three starts, Volquez has failed to last six innings each time, allowing at least four runs (including unearned) in each start. For the season Volquez has a WHIP of 1.31 and ERA of 3.91 to go along with a 8-7 record; he has not faced the Marlins this year.
The Pirates are an impressive 35-22 at PNC Park on the season.
The line is not yet released due to Jarred Cosart being scratched from his start for the Marlins. Please check back when the line is released for your free pick.
* Update: the Pirates seem scary cheap here even without McCutchen and given Volquez's struggles. Tread lightly backing the home side.