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Mets vs. Marlins - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins (3-6) at New York Mets (6-3)
Date & Time Friday April 17, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Mets -137 / Miami Marlins +127 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
FSN-FL, SNY
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MLB | Miami Marlins (3-6) at New York Mets (6-3)
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The Miami Marlins and New York Mets play game two of their four-game series Friday night.

The Miami Marlins look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The good news for the Marlins is that their offense has produced five or more runs in four of their last five games. The bad news is that the Marlins have allowed seven or more runs in three of their last seven games. Giancarlo Stanton leads Miami with nine RBI, while Dee Gordon and Michael Morse have combined for 24 hits. The Miami Marlins began the season with such high expectations but need to start playing with a sense of urgency and play to their potential. David Phelps gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 36.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Phelps’ second career game against the Mets.

The New York Mets look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Mets offense has come to live during this stretch, scoring a combined 19 runs in their last three games. Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud have combined for 16 RBI, while Michael Cuddyer has 11 hits and three walks. The Mets pitching staff has allowed five runs in four of their last seven games. The New York Mets have yet to lose a home game and are clearly playing better than most expected before the season began. Bartolo Colon takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and has 13 strikeouts this season. Colon is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 4-12 in their last 16 during game 2 of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Mets are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in Colons last 5 starts. The Marlins are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in New York.

I don't have a great feel for this game, so I'm siding with the over. The over has hit in the last six meetings between these two teams and both offenses seem to have found their groove. 

Pick:
Over 7.5

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