Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins - 8/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (62-59) at Pittsburgh Pirates (62-56)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
D Phelps (6-3) (2.48) vs. Chad Kuhl (3-0) (3.73)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -133 / Miami Marlins +123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, RTPT
Headed our way on Saturday, we’ve got a nice match-up on tap from the MLB when the Miami Marlins meet the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
This will be game two of the set. On Friday in the opener, the Marlins eked out a 6-5 win.
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Taking the mound for the Marlins on Saturday will be right-hander David Phelps. In his 53 games (three starts) and 6-6 record this year, Phelps holds a 2.48 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP in 69 innings. Phelps got a win his last time out, going 5.1 innings in Cincinnati with four hits and two earned.
It’s not hard to find the stars on the Miami order. Martin Prado heads the charge on 150 hits with 58 RBI and 58 runs. Christian Yelich has put up 139 hits with 64 runs and 71 RBI. Marcel Ozuna has managed 125 hits with 22 homers and 64 RBI with 63 runs.
The Pirates will be wheeling out right-hander Chad Kuhl on Saturday. In his six starts and 3-0 record this year, Kuhl owns a 3.73 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 31.1 innings. Kuhn got a win against LA his last time up, snagging six innings with six hits and two earned.
The Pirates have a few enviable swingers in their order as well. Starling Marte has hit 133 times with 65 runs and 41 RBI. Josh Harrison has logged 110 hits with 47 runs and 48 RBI. Andrew Mccutcheon sits on 107 hits with 62 runs, 17 homers and 51 RBI.
The Marlins are 4-7 in their last 11 road games, and 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series. Miami is also 5-12 in Phelps’ last 17 starts, and 1-4 in Phelps’ last five starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 4-1 in their last five overall, and 5-3 in their last eight home games. Pittsburgh is also 6-0 in Kuhl’s last six starts, and 4-0 in Kuhl’s last four starts against a team with a winning record.
The Marlins simply aren’t playing all that well right now, so I’ll take Kuhl and the Pirates here.