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San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins - 5/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (20-35) at San Diego Padres (24-33)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 9:10 pm (PETCO Park)

W Chen (1-2) (5.22) vs. J Lyles (1-1) (3.83)

The Line: San Diego Padres -122 / Miami Marlins +112 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD, FSFL

The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Miami Marlins could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Marlins have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Miami Marlins have lost eight straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 60 hits and 24 RBI while Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas have combined for 108 hits and 48 RBI. Wei-Yin Chen gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 5.22 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Chen’s second career game against the Padres.

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San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins - 5/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 59 hits and 17 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 103 hits and 36 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.83 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 6-21 in their last 27 Thursday games, 0-4 in Chens last 4 road starts and 1-4 in Chens last 5 starts. The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series, 5-11 in their last 16 vs. National League East and 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Marlins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The Miami Marlins continue to find creative ways to lose and Wednesday's blown save doesn't help the confidence of this young club. Chen has actually been really sharp in his last three starts, but that hasn't produced much in the win column. Lyles has been hit hard in his last three games, but the Padres have won all three of those contests anyway. The Miami Marlins are doing what bad teams do, finding ways to lose. I have to take the Padres and the cheap price.

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