Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (20-20) at Miami Marlins (22-20)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
M Moore (1-3) (5.09) vs. W Chen (3-2) (4.22)
The Line: Miami Marlins -117 / Tampa Bay Rays +107 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSF, FSS
On Monday evening, the Tampa Bay Rays will be taking their talents to South Beach as they open up their intrastate series against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
The Rays are coming off a weekend series against the Tigers. Detroit and Tampa split the first two games, then in the rubber match Sunday, the Tigers got a pretty dominant 9-4 win.
As for the Marlins, they just finished up with the Nationals. Miami and Washington also split their first two games, and on Sunday the Nationals secured the series with an 8-2 win.
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Left-hander Matt Moore will be toeing the rubber for the Rays on Monday. It’s been a rocky road for Moore across eight starts and a 1-3 record, as he’s got a 5.09 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 46 innings. Moore’s most recent appearance was last Monday, when he posted a pair of homers with four earned in five innings against the A’s.
For the most part, the Rays batters have been consistent, if not mind-blowing. Evan Longoria has managed 24 runs, 44 hits and 20 RBI. Steven Souza has nine homers and 19 RBI. Logan Forsythe is hitting well on 33 hits with 16 runs this season. That said, Forsythe is currently on the DL with a hairline fracture in his scapula.
Over on the Marlins side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen take the mound. Chen has been up and down this season through eight starts and a 3-2 record, posting a 4.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 49 total innings. On Tuesday, Chen pitched pretty well in a loss against the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings.
The Miami batting order features a handful of breakout hitters. Martin Prado has managed 54 hits with 13 RBI. Marcel Ozuna has 50 hits with 26 runs and eight homers. Giancarlo Stanton is hitting just .211, but also has 11 homers and 25 RBI. On Sunday, Prado, Ozuna and Stanton combined to go just 2-for-12 with one run.
The Rays are 2-5 in their last seven Monday games, but 2-7 in Moore’s last nine road starts.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 5-0 in their last five Monday games, and 4-1 in Chen’s last five starts.
I’m not wild about either pitcher here, but I have a little more confidence in Chen. He should be able to help the Marlins get a win in this one.