Miami Marlins vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/14
Milwaukee Brewers (28-19) at Miami Marlins (24-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Marco Estrada (R) (3-2) (3.644) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (4-3) (2.250)
The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / Milwaukee Brewers -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, FSN-FL
The Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins will begin a four-game series on Friday at Marlins Park.
The Brewers are in somewhat of a slump lately, losing four of their last five games, including three of four to the Atlanta Braves. While the Brewers pitching continues to do a solid job, the lineup has produced three or less runs in five of their last nine games. Of course, the Brewers offense hasn’t been the most consistent this season, as they’re ranked 22nd in runs scored. Carlos Gomez missed Thursday’s game with a back issue. Getting the nod is Marco Estrada, who is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Estrada is 0-2 with a 7.85 ERA in seven career games against the Marlins.
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The Marlins took two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, are two games above .500 and 19-6 at home. The Marlins offense has really caught fire as of late, scoring a combined 23 runs in their last three games. Giancarlo Stanton has scored six runs in his last eight games and Marcell Ozuna has eight RBI in his last three games. The Marlins pitching staff has also been solid at home, including Tom Koehler, who is 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 56 innings. This will be Koehler’s second career game against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 7-1 in Estrada's last 8 road starts vs. a team with a winning record and 1-6 in Estrada's last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Marlins are 5-0 in Koehler's last 5 home starts and 0-4 in Koehler's last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. The Brewers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Miami.
With the way the Brewers have been playing as of late and the Marlins incredible success at home, it's tough to pick against the fish in this spot.