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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins - 4/23/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (5-16) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)
Date & Time Monday April 23, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Miami Marlins (5-16) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Monday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Miami Marlins could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Marlins have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Miami Marlins are just 1-13 this season when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 25 hits and seven RBI while Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas have combined for 43 hits and 10 RBI. Jarlin Garcia gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Dodgers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 23 hits and eight RBI while Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor have combined for 43 hits and 24 RBI. Walker Buehler gets the ball, and he was 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA and 12 strikeouts last season. This will be Buehler’s first career game against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 16-37 in their last 53 overall. The Dodgers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series, 81-36 in their last 117 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Marlins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 43-18-6 in the last 67 meetings.

Buehler hasn't pitched yet this season and has just eight MLB games under his belt for his career. Garcia is a talented young pitcher who helped give the Marlins one of the biggest upsets of the season when he pitched five shutout innings against the Yankees on the road. Garcia has allowed just six hits and two earned runs in 21 innings of work. There's sure to be value on the fish, but then you remember the Marlins are in full tank mode this season and betting on them often won't be pretty. The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing flashes of the team they were last season. I have to back the home team as a fade from the Marlins.

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