Rays at Marlins - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (20-21) at Miami Marlins (22-21)
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
The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins begin their interleague series Monday night at Marlins Park.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.70 and have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 44 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 18 RBI and Kevin Kiermaier has five home runs. Matt Moore gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 5.09 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Moore is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
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The Miami Marlins could use a win after losing nine of their last 15 games. The Marlins have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Miami Marlins offense is in a major funk, and they’ve lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Martin Prado leads Miami with 54 hits, Marcell Ozuna has 22 RBI and Giancarlo Stanton has 11 home runs. Wei-Yin Chen takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.22 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Chen is is 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 0-5 in Moores last 5 starts. The Marlins are 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games and 4-1 in Chens last 5 starts. The Rays are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Miami and 18-6 in the last 24 meetings overall.
It's only a matter of time before the Marlins offense wakes up, and it's likely going to come again Moore who has struggled much of this season. In fact, Moore has allowed 13 earned runs in his last three starts. I'm taking the fish at home.