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Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Saturday June 15, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Marlins Park
Miami, FL
The Line
Miami Marlins -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +100
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Marlins Park on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build some steam after putting out an 11-0 rout in game one on Friday. Colin Moran went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs while Josh Bell and Jose Osuna each had two RBIs with Bell adding a triple while Osuna homered. Kevin Newman and Starling Marte each had an RBI with Newman adding a double to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring in the win. Bryan Reynolds went 4 for 5 with a double while Corey Dickerson, Adam Frazier and Steven Brault each chipped in two hits with Frazier tripling and Brault adding a double. Brault got the win to improve to 3-1 on the year after tossing six shutout innings, giving up just eight hits while striking out six. Dario Agrazal will make his major league debut in game two after going 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 58 strikeouts between AA and AAA this season.

The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back after being shutout in Friday’s romp at the hands of the Pirates. Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 while Austin Dean, Garrett Cooper, Jorge Alfaro, Yadiel Rivera, Miguel Rojas, Trevor Richards and JT Riddle each had base hits as well in the losing effort. None of Miami’s nine hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Richards took the loss, falling to 3-7 on the year after allowing five runs on 11 hits over five innings of work. Pablo Lopez will start game two and is 4-5 with a 4.26 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 6-16 in their last 22 games overall and 1-7 in their last 8 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL East. Miami is 5-14 in Lopez’s last 19 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 home games while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games overall. Pittsburgh is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The price tag on the Marlins seems pretty good, considering that Lopez has allowed one run or less in four of his last five starts and I’m not usually keen on backing a pitcher making their major league debut this deep into the season. However, the Marlins are back to being the team that has forgotten how to score for the most part, with six of their last seven losses seeing Miami score one run or less, including Friday’s series opener. Agrazal was solid in the minors, and he may just have to be decent here given how poor the Marlins are at putting runs on the board. Maybe Friday’s win can carry over for another game so I’ll take a shot with Pittsburgh and the plus money as more of a fade from Miami than anything else.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates +100

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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