Tampa Bay Rays (1-0) at Miami Marlins (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm (loanDepot park)
Rich Hill (0-0) (0.00) vs. Elieser Hernandez (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Miami Marlins +120 / Tampa Bay Rays -130 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins meet Saturday in MLB action from Marlins Park.
This will be the final installment of a three-game weekend set between these teams. Tampa Bay won 1-0 on Thursday, then in the Friday matchup the Rays kept it going with a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Tampa Bay couldn’t find much offense on Thursday, but eventually pulled out a 1-0 shutout win courtesy of an Austin Meadows homer. On Friday, the Rays notched four runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure a 6-4 comeback victory. Leading the way for the Tampa Bay offense was Joey Wendle with a three-run shot in that final frame.
For the Saturday starting pitcher role, Tampa Bay will send out Rich Hill. The 41-year-old veteran Hill posted a 3.03 ERA in eight starts for the Twins last season, and will likely give way to Chris Archer after a few innings in this one.
Over on the Marlins’ side, their offense struggled in the opener loss, notching just three hits in the shutout. Friday’s game was a better showing for the Miami offense and they put up four runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Miguel Rojas posted two hits with a pair of RBI.
For the starting role on Saturday, the Marlins will be sending out Elieser Hernandez. Last season Hernandez managed six starts before being sidelined by a right lat strain. Prior to that injury he looked solid, holding a 3.16 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP.
The Rays are 5-0 in their last five Saturday games and 19-7 in their last 26 in game three of a series. Tampa Bay is 46-21 in their last 67 games overall and 23-11 in their last 34 road games.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 4-10 in their last 14 during game three of a series and 5-17 in their last 22 Saturday games. Miami is 2-7 in their last nine home games versus a lefty starter and the over is 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Rays here. It’ll be interesting to see what the veteran Hill can do on the mound for Tampa Bay, but even if he struggles the Rays have some solid arms behind him. Miami should get a nice outing from Hernandez, so we could have a pretty tight starter battle through the first few innings. All things considered however I think the Rays are in a better spot for the win.