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Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick 8/22/13

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-52) at Miami Marlins (48-76)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm (Marlins Park)

Clayton Kershaw (L) (12-7) (1.797) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (2-2) (3.414)

The Line: Miami Marlins +215 / Los Angeles Dodgers -230 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: KCAL, FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Thursday in Miami as they close out their series.

The Marlins grabbed a victory in game one of this four game series but for the last two nights they have fallen to the Dodgers. On Wednesday Giancarlo Stanton had two hits including a home run and Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria each had two hits as the Marlins scored just one run on six hits. Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed six hits and three runs, two of them earned while striking out five over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-4 on the season. For Thursday’s game Miami starts Henderson Alvarez who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Alvarez has allowed 52 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 31 over 58 innings for a 2-2 record and a 3.41 ERA.

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Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick 8/22/13

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still the hottest team around and on Tuesday they just went through the motions and still got an east win in Miami. Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier each had two hits and Carl Crawford had a hit as the Dodgers scored four runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke allowed six hits and one run while striking out seven over 8.0 innings to get the win and go to 12-3 on the season and Kenley Jansen earned his 21st save. For Thursday’s game the Dodgers start Clayton Kershaw who has won his last two starts and who is having another big year statistically. For the season Kershaw has allowed 122 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 182 over 190.1 innings for a 12-7 record and a 1.80 ERA.

Miami is 5-12 in their last 17 games as an underdog, 2-6 in their last eight home games, and 2-6 in Alvarez’s last eight starts. Los Angeles is 12-2 against the NL East, 22-6 in their last 28 as a favorite, and 7-3 in Kershaw’s last 10 starts.

The Dodgers are just way too much here and with Kershaw starting they are beyond too much and while I love the Dodgers in this spot I just don’t give out favorites with this huge of odds out in the Premium Area.

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