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Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (32-54) at Miami Marlins (44-41)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

D Straily (4-5) (4.34) vs. J Fernandez (10-4) (2.69)

The Line: Miami Marlins -263 / Cincinnati Reds +240 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


In Friday MLB action from Marlins Park, the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins will be kicking off their weekend series.

The Reds are coming off a three-game set with the Cubs. Cincinnati dropped the first game, but came back to win the final two and take the series.
As for the Marlins, they just finished up with the Mets. Miami won Tuesday’s game, but book-ended that one with a pair of losses.

Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Friday’s game, the Reds will be starting RHP Dan Straily. In his 18 games (15 starts) and 4-5 record this year, Straily has put up a 4.34 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP in 95.1 innings. In a no-decision against the Nationals his last time out, Straily put up two hits and three runs in seven innings.

At the plate, the Reds have a few noteworthy bats. Jay Bruce leads the team with 82 hits, 46 runs, 18 homers and 62 RBI so far. Zack Cozart is right behind him on 80 hits with 49 runs, 14 homers and 38 RBI. Brandon Phillips is playing fairly well so far with 79 hits, 39 runs and 31 RBI alongside a .255 BA.

Over on the other side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jose Fernandez for the Marlins Friday. In his 16 starts this year (10-4), Fernandez has managed a 2.69 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP in 100.1 innings. That said, Fernandez imploded in his last outing against the Braves, allowing nine runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.

The Miami lineup features a pretty solid array of talent. Martin Prado heads things up on his 100 hits with 35 runs and 28 RBI. Marcel Ozuna isn’t far behind on 97 hits with 52 runs, 17 homers and 47 RBI. Christian Yelich has put up 91 hits with 39 runs, six homers and 42 RBI in 2016.

The Reds are 33-68 in their last 101 overall, and 17-35 in their last 52 Friday games. Cincinnati is also 2-5 in their last seven following an off day, and 15-36 in their last 51 road games.
As for the Marlins, they’re 6-1 in their last seven against the National League Central, and 4-1 in their last five home games. Miami is also 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series, and 1-4 in their last five games following an off day.

I feel like Fernandez will bounce back here after a tough outing. I’ll take the Marlins for the win.

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