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Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers (16-24) at Miami Marlins (14-26)
Date & Time Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Miami Marlins +150 / Los Angeles Dodgers -175 --- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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MLB | Los Angeles Dodgers (16-24) at Miami Marlins (14-26)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins square off in game one of a three game set from Marlins Park in MLB action on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to rebound after suffering a humiliating sweep at home at the hands of Cincinnati, losing the series finale by a final score of 5-3 on Sunday. Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 4 with a solo homer while Yasiel Puig added a solo blast of his own as well. Chris Taylor added an RBI to round out the scoring for the Dodgers in the loss, while Cody Bellinger and Matt Kemp each added a base hit as Los Angeles mustered up just five hits as a team in the loss. Rich Hill took the loss, falling to 1-2 this season after giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking and striking out four apiece. Alex Wood will start game one and is 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wood is 6-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 56 strikeouts against Miami.

The Miami Marlins need a win after losing six of their last seven games, including a 4-3 loss in their series finale against the Braves on Sunday, giving the series victory to Atlanta. Justin Your accounted for all three runs with a three run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 9th. Brian Anderson added a double, while Starlin Castro and J.B. Shuck each added base hits as the Fish put up just four hits as a team in the loss. Jose Urena remained winless, falling to 0-6 this season after allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Wei-Yin Chen will start game one and is 1-2 with a 10.22 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Chen is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA and6 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 9-0 in Wood’s last 9 series opening starts and 0-4 in their last 4 games overall while the over is 4-1-1 in Wood’s last 6 starts overall. Miami is 1-4 in Chen’s last 5 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in Chen’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Miami.

Wood’s numbers are deceiving, as normally you wouldn’t heavily favour a pitcher with an 0-3 record like you would Wood here, however, I think that goes to show how overdue he is for a win, as the Dodgers have still won four of his last five starts and Wood has only allowed one run in each of his last two starts. Chen on the other hand has been the definition of a train wreck, allowing 13 runs in his last two starts covering seven innings of work. We made money over the weekend (at least I did) fading the Dodgers, but Los Angeles is way too talented to keep sliding like this, so I’ll lay the juice with L.A. to take game one as the Marlins, home or away, are still one of the worst teams in baseball. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -175

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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