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Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies - 3/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Thursday March 28, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
Miami Marlins +130 O/U: 8
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The Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins will match up in MLB action Thursday in their first game of the regular season.

For Thursday’s opener, the Rockies will be bringing out lefty Kyle Freeland. In his 33 starts last season, Freeland finshed with a 17-7 record, a 2.85 ERA, 182 hits and 173 Ks over 202.1 innings.

This spring, Ryan McMahan led the Rockies with his 25 hits, 11 runs, three homers and 14 RBI. Nolan Arenado also had a nice preseason with 21 hits, 11 runs, five homers and nine RBI of his own.

Over on the Marlins’ side, they’re going with RHP Jose Urena on Thursday. In 2018, Urena put up 31 starts with a 9-12 record, a 3.98 ERA and 130 strikeouts over 174.0 innings pitched.

Over on the Miami side, Miguel Rojas led the team this spring on 18 points with two runs and five RBI to his credit. Brian Anderson and Garrett Cooper each tallied 17 hits for the Marlins with a combined 15 runs and 15 RBI.

The Rockies are 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter. Colorado is 6-0 in Freeland’s last six Thursday starts and 5-1 in his last six road starts.

Meanwhile, the Marlins are 5-2 in their last seven home games and 17-35 in their last 52 Thursday games. Miami is 17-37 in their last 54 overall and 5-15 in their last 20 in game one of a series.

Freeland took a big step forward in 2018, improving his record from .500 to 10 games over and really trimming down his ERA in almost 50 more innings of action as opposed to 2017.

Urena had a pretty strong 2017 as well, but he won’t be getting any run support this season either—it’s probably going to be another sub-.500 season for him in the record column.

Miami is locked into another rebuilding year, and it’ll take some convincing before I can trust them for anything. I’m going Rockies here.

Colorado Rockies -130

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