Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins - 5/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (23-22) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-22)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Justin Nicolino (2-2) (4.30) vs. M Andriese (3-0) (2.11)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -148 / Miami Marlins +138 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, SUN
On Wednesday evening in the MLB, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will continue their home-and-home series this week at Tropicana Field.
This will be the third of a four-game set. In the opener, the Marlins eked out a 7-6 victory. On Tuesday, it was the Rays’ turn to win by one run, as they got a victory 4-3.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Marlins will be bringing out left-hander Justin Nicolino. Over his five starts and 2-2 record this year, Nicolino has posted a 4.30 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP over 29.1 innings. In his last appearance on Friday, Nicolino was shaky against the Nationals with four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings.
Miami boats a pretty good young crew of hitters at the plate. Martin Prado leads the way with 55 hits and 15 RBI. Marcel Ozuna has 55 hits with 31 runs and 23 RBI. Giancarlo Stanton has struggled a bit on a .214 BA, but also owns 21 runs, 12 homers and 26 RBI this year. Stanton bashed a solo home run on Tuesday.
Over on the Rays’ side, we’ll be getting a look at right-hander Matt Andriese. In his three games (and three wins) this year, Andriese has contributed a 2.11 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP in 21.1 innings of work. On Friday against the Tigers, Andriese escaped with a win despite four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.
Everybody knows the Rays’ hitters this year. Evan Longoria has 44 hits with 24 runs, eight homers and 20 RBI. Steven Souza has put up 41 hits with nine homers and 20 runs. Chris Dickerson has just a .181 BA, but also has eight homers with 18 RBI. Longoria, Souza and Dickerson combined to go just 1-for-11 with a run in Tuesday’s game.
The Marlins are 0-12 in their last twelve interleague road games, and 4-1 in Nicolino’s last five starts against a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 8-1 in their last nine interleague home games and 2-5 in their last seven game threes of a series.
I like Andriese in the pitching matchup here, and I’ll give the edge to the Rays, who should be comfortable at home.