Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/22/14
Miami Marlins (63-63) at Colorado Rockies (50-76)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Henderson Alvarez (R) (9-5) (2.426) vs. Franklin Morales (L) (4-6) (5.152)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +108 / Miami Marlins -118 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, ROOT-Rocky Mountain
The Miami Marlins look to keep their slim postseason hopes alive when they open a series with the Colorado Rockies.
The Miami Marlins are looking to continue the momentum from taking three of four from the Rangers to reach .500 and stay in the Wild Card conversation. However, the Fish need to shake off Wednesday's 5-4 loss where early pitching struggles put the offense in too deep of a hole. Starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed all five runs (four earned) on nine hits over five frames to fall to 6-8. Marcell Ozuna paced the attack with a 3-4 night with a homer and two RBI's and two runs while Jarrod Saltalamacchia went solo. Miami opens the series versus the Colorado Rockies with Henderson Alvarez on the hill. Alvarez has been one of the Marlins strongest hurlers with a 9-5 record and 2.43 ERA in 23 outings.
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There haven't been too many times since the first month of 2014 where we could say the Colorado Rockies are playing well but this is one of those times. The Rockies have won four of six on their recent homestand where they took three of four from Cincinnati and split a two game series with Kansas City. Colorado is hoping to build on a 5-2 victory over the Royals where ace Jorge De La Rosa improved to 13-8 with both runs plated on five hits in eight innings pitched. The offense produced just six hits but one was Matt McBride's 6th inning grand slam that erased a 2-1 hole. Franklin Morales takes the ball in the series opener with the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Morales has been forced in to the rotation because of injuries and has gone 5-6 with an ERA that is hovering around five.
This game means so much more to the Marlins who could be running out of season soon. I'll take the Fish and hope for big things from Alvarez...