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Miami Marlins vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/19/14

Texas Rangers (48-76) at Miami Marlins (62-62)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Miles Mikolas (R) (1-5) (7.715) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (10-7) (4.159)

The Line: Miami Marlins -148 / Texas Rangers +138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and Miami Marlins play a two-game series at Marlins Park that begins Tuesday night.

The Texas Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 games and are 28 games below .500. The Rangers pitching staff continues to stink up the joint, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.79, which is 29th in the majors, and they haven’t won a game where they’ve allowed four or more runs since June 27th. Offensively, Elvis Andrus has a six-game hitting streak and Robinson Chirinos has 10 hits in his last 10 games. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he’s 1-5 with a 7.71 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. Mikolas is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two career games against the Marlins.

Miami Marlins vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/19/14

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The Miami Marlins have won five of their last seven games and are sitting at .500. While the Marlins offense has struggled, their pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 14 of their last 24 games. The Miami Marlins have an ERA of 3.82, which is 19th in baseball, and they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games when holding a team to three or less runs. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton has 12 RBIs in his last 10 games and Christian Yelich has a seven-game hitting streak. Starting is Jarred Cosart, who is 10-8 with a 4.27 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 128.2 innings. Cosart is 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 6-22 in their last 28 road games and 0-4 in Mikolas' last 4 starts. The Marlins are 13-3 in their last 16 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Rangers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Miami.

What's been the trend all season long? Pick against the Rangers. That's no different when going up against a hot Miami Marlins team that has their eyes set on a wild card spot. 

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Miami Marlins -148

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