Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (61-56) at Cincinnati Reds (48-68)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
J Urena (1-2) (6.69) vs. A DeSclafani (6-1) (3.11)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -140 / Miami Marlins +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Marlins look to build on their massive road win yesterday against the Cincinnati Reds as the two sides meet up again on Tuesday.
The Marlins play game two of their series on the road against the Reds and will be out for another victory as they aim to stay afloat in the wild card race in the National League but they will have to do so without the services of Giancarlo Stanton. The Fish have been in the mix all season long but now that they are without their biggest offensive threat they run the risk of spoiling all the work they have done to get to where they are right now as the loss of Stanton’s bat is season altering and many are expecting a regression from this group down the stretch. They will send Jose Urena to the mound in this one as he will face off against Cincy’s ace in Anthony DeSclafani who remains one of the better pitchers in the Naitonal League and will be out to prove his worth once again.
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The Reds have made a ton of moves over the last calendar year as they have shipped out the likes of Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman, and Jay Bruce and while they have received some very nice pieces in return for their rebuild they are going to have a couple of tough seasons in their pursuit to return to relevance. Cincinnati is coming off a loss and while they have suffered many of those this season they still have some pop in their bats with Joey Votto and Adam Duvall on the roster and heading into this game with their top pitcher on the bump they are -140 favourites at home.
The Marlins are 2-5 in their last seven against the NL Central, 1-7 in Urena’s last eight starts, and 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games while the Reds are 5-2 in their last seven home games, 4-0 in DeSclafani’s last four home starts, and 9-23 in their last 32 during game two of a series. I don’t like the line here as overall the Marlins are the better team but with the Reds having a big pitching edge they are the play here.