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Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick- 8/17/13

San Francisco Giants (54-67) at Miami Marlins (47-73)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Matt Cain (R) (7-8) (4.438) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (2-1) (3.176)

The Line: Miami Marlins +118 / San Francisco Giants -128 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSB-Bay, FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants meet on Saturday in Miami for game two of their series.

The Miami Marlins have had some bright spots this season but Friday wasn’t one of them as they lost to the Giants. Justin Ruggiano had three hits including two home runs and Christian Yelich and Donovan Solano each had three hits as the Marlins scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed 12 hits and 11 runs while striking out three lasting just three innings to take the loss as he fell to 2-3 on the year. For Saturday’s game the Marlins start Henderson Alvarez who has won his last two decisions. For the season Alvarez has allowed 48 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 27 over 51 innings for a 2-1 record and a 3.18 ERA.

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Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick- 8/17/13

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The San Francisco Giants haven’t had a season to remember but they unloaded on the Marlins early on Friday and got the win. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt ad four hits each and Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro had three hits each as the Giants scored 14 runs on 19 hits. Starting pitcher Chad Gaudin allowed 11 hits and eight runs while striking out five over 4.0 innings to not get a decision while Sandy Rosario got the win to go to 3-0. For Saturday’s game the Giants start Matt Cain who has lost his last two starts. For the season Cain has allowed 120 hits and 72 earned runs while striking out 132 over 146 innings for a 7-8 record and a 4.44 ERA.

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Miami is 3-9 in their last 12 games as an underdog, -2 in their last eight games against the NL West, and 2-5 in Alvarez’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 16-31 in their last 47 games overall, 2-4 in their last six road games, and 2-7 in Cain’s last nine starts. San Francisco is 3-9 in the last 12 meetings of these two.

The Marlins never quit on Friday and had the momentum at the end and I like Miami to win this one.

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