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Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Thursday August 15, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Marlins Park
Miami, FL
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-140) / Miami Marlins: 1.5 (+120)
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Marlins Park on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to complete the sweep after a second straight blowout following a 9-1 win in game two on Wednesday. Corey Seager and Edwin Rios each had a home run and three RBIs with Rios going 3 for 4 with a pair of dingers. Max Muncy had a double and two RBIs while Justin Turner went 3 for 5 with a solo home run to round out the Dodgers’ scoring as a team in the victory. Clayton Kershaw added a double while Cody Bellinger went 2 for 5 at the dish to cap off the Dodgers’ offense as a team in the victory. Kershaw got the win on the mound, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out ten to improve to 12-2 on the year. Walker Buehler will start game three and is 10-2 with a 3.08 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season. In his career, Buehler is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Miami.

The Miami Marlins will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Wednesday. Curtis Granderson logged a pinch-hit home run as a consolation run for the Fish while Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez each had a base knock as Miami cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the Marlins batting 0 for 22 with 9 strikeouts. Elieser Hernandez took the loss, falling to 2-5 on the year after allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Caleb Smith will start game three and is 7-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career start against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 38-15 in their last 53 games against the NL East and 9-4 in Buehler’s last 13 starts while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. Miami is 6-2 in Smith’s last 8 home starts and 2-9 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 home games. Los Angeles is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Miami.

The plus money is kind of tempting given that Smith has been arguably Miami’s best starter this season, along with the fact that most of his success has come at home where he has five of his seven wins on the season. Buehler has also allowed 20 runs, 13 earned, in his last three road starts spanning 17 innings of work. However, it’s hard for me to make a case for Miami given that the Fish have been outscored 24-2 in the first two games of the series, and these two teams are simply worlds apart right now offensively. Smith has also allowed 10 runs in his last 11.1 innings of work at home in his last two starts and I just think he’s simply in over his head here. I’ll take the Dodgers for another beatdown and to cut down the juice, I’ll take the Dodgers on the RL.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-140)

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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