Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (28-20) at Miami Marlins (26-24)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Hiram Bithorn Stadium)
J Locke (3-3) (5.08) vs. Justin Nicolino (2-2) (4.37)
The Line: Miami Marlins +122 / Pittsburgh Pirates -132 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to south Florida to face the Miami Marlins Monday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look like the team most capable of beating the Cubs in the NL Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates are red hot and despite Sunday’s 6-2 loss at Texas, have still won seven of eleven. Nothing went the Pirates way with starter Francisco Liriano charged with five runs on six hits and four BB through six innings to fall to 4-4. The Buccos mustered eight hits and a walk with David Freese smacking a solo homer while Andrew McCutchen doubled in Jordy Mercer. Jeff Locke toes the rubber against the Marlins for the first time this season. Locke comes off of a 5-4 win versus Arizona with all four runs allowed on seven hits including two homers over 6.1 innings.
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The question for the Miami Marlins is can they stay in the National League East race over the long haul. The Marlins snapped a two game skid with a 7-2 victory at Atlanta behind quality efforts on the mound and at the plate with starter Tom Koehler improving to 2-3 with three runs (two earned) allowed over seven frames. Miami totaled ten hits and walked four times with Marcell Ozuna going deep and scoring three times while Derek Dietrich went 3-3 with a homer and four RBI’s. Miami is slated to send Justin Nicolino to the hill versus visiting Pittsburgh on Monday. Nicolino comes off a 4-3 victory at Tampa Bay with all three runs scored on eight hits in 5.2 frames.
The over is 14-6-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 21 road games and the over is 19-7-4 in Locke’s last 30 road starts while going 33-16-5 in Locke’s last 54 starts on grass. The Pirates are 17-5 in the last 22 meetings. I’m not sure if my better team theory is rock solid here but that’s what I’m going with…