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Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (65-49) at Miami Marlins (53-60)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Jon Gray (4-2) (4.94) vs. J Urena (10-5) (3.70)

The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / Colorado Rockies -118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida

The Colorado Rockies take on the Miami Marlins in game one of a three game weekend set in MLB action on Friday.

The Colorado Rockies will look to build after salvaging a series split with the Cleveland Indians following their 3-2 extra innings win in the series finale on Wednesday. Charlie Blackmon led the charge, going 3 for 6 with the eventual game-winning solo homer in the 12th. Alexi Amarista went 1 for 3 with a solo homer of his own while Jonathan Lucroy went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI of his own. Nolan Arenado, Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez each put up a pair of base hits while DJ LeMahieu added a base knock of his own in the win. Antonio Senzatela gave up both runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Carlos Estevez threw a pair of perfect innings of relief for the win, improving to 5-0 this season while Tyler Chatwood notched the save. Jon Gray will start the series opener and is 4-2 with a 4.94 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Miami.

Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back after dropping three of four to the Nationals, including a 3-2 loss in the series finale on Thursday. Giancarlo Stanton belted out yet another homer, his major league leading 39th of the season, going 1 for 4 and accounting for both Miami runs in the loss. Dee Gordon went 2 for 5 while Marcell Ozuna, Tyler Moore and Miguel Rojas each contributed a double as the Fish put up just six hits as a team in the loss. Dan Straily gave up two runs on four hits while striking out a pair over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Junichi Tazawa gave up the eventual game-winning run, taking the loss to fall to 1-2. Jose Urena will start game one and is 10-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. In his career, Urena is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado is 6-19 in Gray’s last 25 road starts and 6-18 in their last 24 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Miami is 11-4 in Urena’s last 15 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter. Colorado is just 3-9 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

There’s no denying that the Rockies have been in better form for most of the season, but the Rockies have really struggled on the road as of late, and Gray has struggled on the road the last few years, not to mention struggled against the Marlins specifically. Miami still has a lot of pop in their bats, and Urena gives the Fish an edge in the pitching department, enough of an edge to draw first blood in the series with a win here.

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