Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (20-21) at Miami Marlins (22-21)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Marlins Park)
J Odorizzi (1-2) (3.81) vs. T Koehler (2-4) (4.71)
The Line: Miami Marlins +100 / Tampa Bay Rays -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, SUN
Kicking off the MLB action on Tuesday, we’ve got game two of an early-week series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
In Monday’s opener, the Marlins scored three times in the first inning on the way to a close 7-6 win. There were a total of 26 hits in the game, so both Tampa and Miami were getting their offenses going.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Rays will be starting right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Over his nine starts and 1-2 record, Odorizzi owns a 3.81 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP across 49.2 innings. On Wednesday, Odorizzi was up and down with two solo homers in five innings against the Blue Jays.
The Tampa Bay lineup is pretty deep and well-rounded. Evan Longoria leads the team on 44 hits with eight homers and 20 RBI. Longoria came up empty on Monday. Steven Souza has also had a nice year on 41 hits with 20 runs, nine homers and 19 RBI. Logan Forsythe has hit safely 33 times with 16 runs to his credit. Forsythe is currently on the DL, though.
Over on the Marlins side, we’ll be seeing Tom Koehler in the starting role. Across eight starts and a 2-4 record this year, Koehler owns a 4.71 ERA with a 1.67 WHIP in 42 innings. On Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates, Koehler gave up three runs (two earned) in seven innings.
Even though it’s a bit depleted right now, the Marlins batting order is still very potent. Martin Prado has 55 hits with 13 runs and 15 RBI. Marcel Ozuna is up there too, with 53 hits, 28 runs, nine homers and 23 RBI. Ozuna bashed a home run on Monday. Giancarlo Stanton’s BA isn’t great (.213) but he’s got 11 homers and 25 RBI this year. Stanton finished Monday’s game 1-for-3.
The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10 Tuesday games, and 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 1-4 in their last five game twos of a series, and 6-2 in Koehler’s last eight Tuesday starts.
I’ll give a slight edge to the Rays here, but this game could get ugly. I can’t think of a reason not to pick the over, based on the pitching matchup.