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Detroit Tigers vs. Miami Marlins - 5/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Tuesday May 21, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Miami Marlins -101 / Detroit Tigers -109 -- O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-Florida
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The Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Tuesday night.

The Miami Marlins will look to keep their momentum going after sweeping the New York Mets over the weekend, including a 3-0 win in the series finale on Sunday. Curtis Granderson had a solo home run while Miguel Rojas added an RBI of his own in the win. Neil Walker went 2 for 3 with a double and Rosell Herrera had a double of his own while Chad Wallach and Sandy Alcantara each had base hits as well in the victory. Alcantara got the win on the mound to improve to 2-4 on the year after throwing a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits while striking out eight in the victory. Caleb Smith will start the opener and is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s first career start against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to snap a 6-game losing streak after having their series finale against Oakland suspended on Sunday, trailing 5-3 in the 7th inning. Nick Castellanos had a solo homer while Dawel Lugo had an RBI of his own. Niko Goodrum had a triple while Miguel Cabrera and Christin Stewart each had base hits as well in the game. Gregory Soto had allowed three runs on four hits over three innings of work before being pulled. Spencer Turnbull will start game one and is 2-3 with a 2.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Miami.

Miami is 5-0 in Smith’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record and 11-40 in their last 51 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games. Detroit is 4-1 in Turnbull’s last 5 starts and 0-7 in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games against a left-handed starter. Miami is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

Smith and Turnbull may not be the most household names in the majors, but this matchup has turned into a battle of staff aces on Tuesday. Both lead their respective rotations in ERA and WHIP, so you could give an advantage to Detroit being at home. However, while having a solid ERA, Turnbull allowed six runs in his last start with only one being earned, and Detroit has looked utterly miserable during this losing streak. Miami has had issues of their own and I’m the first to fade them and profit while doing so, but the Marlins opened some eyes with their sweep of the Mets, and recording back-to-back shutouts while doing so. The Marlins aren’t going to make you a lot of money this season, but we might as well try striking while the iron is hot, so I’ll take a shot with Miami on Tuesday.

Pick:
Miami -101

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