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Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins - 8/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (61-56) at Cincinnati Reds (48-68)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

D Phelps (5-3) (2.40) vs. B Finnegan (7-8) (4.45)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +110 / Miami Marlins -120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL/FSOH

The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds begin a four-game series early Monday night.

The Miami Marlins could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins offense continues to produce lately, and they’ve won five of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Martin Prado leads Miami with 141 hits, Christian Yelich has 67 RBI and Marcell Ozuna has 19 home runs. David Phelps gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 2.40 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. Phelps is 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins - 8/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has been hot in the second half, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 118 hits, Brandon Phillips has 48 RBI and Zack Cozart has 15 home runs. Brandon Finnegan takes the hill, and he’s 7-8 with a 4.45 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. This will be Finnegan’s first career game against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 2-7 in Phelps' last 9 starts. The Reds are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Finnegans last 6 starts. The Marlins are 9-22 in the last 31 meetings in Cincinnati and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings overall.

Even with the injury to Stanton, the Marlins are still in the playoff race and Phelps has been solid pretty much all season long. The Reds continue to be hit or miss despite their offense picking up in the second half. I'll take the fish in this spot. 

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Miami Marlins -120

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