Miami Marlins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 8/2/2013
Cleveland Indians (60-48) at Miami Marlins (42-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
The Line: Miami Marlins -133 / Cleveland Indians +123 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-Florida
The Miami Marlins and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday in Miami for game one of their interleague series.
The Miami Marlins are a work in progress and at times, despite some struggles, we have seen glimpses of their vision. The Marlins are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 25-30 at home this season, and they are 20.5 games back in the NL East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .231, with Placido Polanco hitting .259, Giancarlo Stanton hitting .252, and Logan Morrision hitting .252. As a team the marlins pitching staff has a 3.71 ERA, with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Tribe, the Marlins start Jose Fernandez who has been outstanding this season. For the year, Fernandez has allowed 83 hits and 36 earned runs, while striking out124 over 119.2 innings for a 7-5 record and a 2.71 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians have their sights set on the lead in the American League Central, as they have won their last eight games in a row. The Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 23-29 on the road this season, and they are two games behind the Tigers in the AL Central standings. As a team, the Indians are hitting .258 with Jason Kipnis hitting .292, Michael Bourn hitting .284, and Michael Brantley hitting .282. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05, with the starters at 4.11 and the bullpen at 3.94. For game one at Miami, the Indians start Ubaldo Jimenez, who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Jimenez has allowed 101 hits and 52 earned runs, while striking out 106 over 112.1 innings for a 8-5 record and a 4.17 ERA.
Miami is 4-10 in their last 14 interleague home games, 5-1 in their last six games against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 in Fernandez’s last six starts. Cleveland is 5-2 in their last seven games in the NL East, 7-20 in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing home record, and 7-2 in Jimenez’s last six starts.
We have two very good pitchers going at it, but while the Marlins are beating a lot of winning teams these days, I like the Indians to keep on rolling.