Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (74-48) at Miami Marlins (50-74)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
J Happ (5-7) (4.42) vs. T Koehler (8-11) (4.09)
The Line: Miami Marlins +116 / Pittsburgh Pirates -126 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB TV
The Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Monday in Miami for game one of their MLB series.
The Miami Marlins have lost their last three games and they have slipped into a tie for last place I the National League East. The Marlins are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 29-33 at home, and they are 17.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East standings. As a team the Marlins are hitting .254 with Dee Gordon hitting .335, Adeiny Hechavarria hitting .283, and Martin Prado hitting .268. The marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 3.99 with the starters at 4.21 and the bullpen at 3.58. For game one against the Pirates the Marlins start Tom Koehler who has allowed 128 hits and 62 earned runs while striking out 97 over 138.2 innings for an 8-11 record and a 4.02 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball as they continue to stalk the Pirates in the National League Central. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 30-28 on the road, and they are 3.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .261 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .295, Starling Marte hitting .291, and Jung Ho Kang hitting .290. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 with the starters at 3.47 and the bullpen at 2.56. For game one in Miami the Pirates start J.A. Happ who has allowed 121 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 82 over 108.2 innings for a 4-6 record and a 4.64 ERA.
Miami is 4-10 in their last 14 home games, 1-4 in their last five games, and 0-4 in Koehler’s last four starts as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last four road games, 5-2 as a road favorite, and 37-18 following a win. Pittsburgh has lost their last five games against Miami.
The Pirates are just the better team making them an easy choice.