Milwaukee Brewers vs. Miami Marlins - 4/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (10-11) at Milwaukee Brewers (8-13)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)
W Chen (1-1) (4.32) vs. C Anderson (1-2) (4.50)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +110 / Miami Marlins -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, FSFL
Miller Park will be alive once again Saturday evening, as the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers continue their weekend series.
This will be game two of this matchup. In Friday’s opener, Miami carried a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Brewers showed some late life. Milwaukee had the winning run at the plate, but couldn’t keep the rally going and Miami took it 6-3.
Making the start in Saturday’s game for the Marlins will be left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Through his four starts on the season, Chen has posted a 4.32 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP over 25 total innings and a 1-1 record. Back on Monday in his last start, Chen got a victory in 6.2 innings of work, allowing two solo homers as his only blemishes.
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On offense, the Marlins are going to have some difficulty adjusting to the loss of team star Dee Gordon, who was suspended early Friday for 80 games thanks to a positive PED test. That means players like Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton will have to step up and fill the void. Yelich leads the way with 27 hits and 13 runs, while Stanton has provided the power with seven homers and 18 RBI. Yelich came up empty on Friday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Right-hander Chase Anderson will be taking the mound for the Brewers in Saturday’s game. Anderson started out the season pretty well, but has since seen his ERA inflate to 4.50, while his WHIP is now 1.65 over 20 innings and four starts. In his last outing, Anderson struggled again Saturday with six runs, eight hits and four walks against the Phillies in a loss.
The Brewers have a few notable names on offense who have been carrying the team this year. Ryan Braun leads the way with 25 hits, 12 runs, five homers and 17 RBI. Braun went 0-for-3 in Friday’s game, however. Jonathan Lucroy has been pretty reliable as well with his 21 hits and 10 runs. Chris Carter has also been a key player with 19 hits and 12 runs alongside five homers and 15 RBI. Carter whiffed 0-for-4 on Friday.
The Marlins are just 2-5 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 4-11 in their last 15 Saturday games. As for Milwaukee, they’re 0-7 in their last seven Saturday games and 6-15 in their last 21 home games.
Even without Dee Gordon, I like the Marlins and Chen in the matchup here. It may be relatively close, but I think Miami has enough firepower to get the job done and snag a win.