Rays vs. Marlins - 5/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (24-22) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-23)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
J Fernandez (6-2) (3.02) vs. D Smyly (2-5) (3.54)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -114 / Miami Marlins +104 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Miami Marlins offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads Miami with 57 hits, Giancarlo Stanton has 26 RBI and Justin Bour has nine home runs. Jose Fernandez gets the nod, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. Fernandez is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays and they’ve split their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 45 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 19 RBI and Brad Miller has five home runs. Drew Smyly takes the hill, and he’s 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 36-16 in Fernandezs last 52 starts. The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 10-3 in Smylys last 13 starts with 4 days of rest. The Marlins are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
These teams have been pretty even in this series, so this game could go either way. However, we're getting Fernandez, one of the best pitchers in baseball, for plus money. I'm siding with the Marlins.