Miami Marlins (18-27) at Pittsburgh Pirates (21-22)
|Date & Time||Monday May 25, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -136 / Miami Marlins +126 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins face off on Monday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a slow start this season but they are just one game under .500. The Pirates are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 12-9 at home, and they are 6.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .243 with Starling Marte hitting .278, Andrew McCutchen hitting .261, and Josh Harrison is hitting .261. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 with the starters at 3.26 and the bullpen at 2.95. For game one against the Marlins the Pirates start Charlie Morton who makes his first start of the year as he is returning from surgery but last season he was 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA.
The Miami Marlins have won their last two games but it has been a tough year so far. The Marlins are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 8-12 on the road, and they are 8.5 games back in the NL East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .258 with Dee Gordon hitting .376, Adeiny Hechavarria hitting .305, and Marcell Ozuna hitting .281. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02 with the starters at 4.06 and the bullpen at 3.96. For game one at Pittsburgh the Marlins start David Phelps who has allowed 41 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 30 over 42 innings for a 2-1 record and a 3.21 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 10-3 against the NL East, 46-20 against a team with a losing record, and 1-5 in Morton’s last six starts. Miami is 1-4 on the road against a right-handed starter, 3-13 against a team with a losing record, and 0-4 in game one of a series. Miami is 2-7 in their last nine games against Pittsburgh.
This game looks to be a coin flip so un those cases I usually take the dog at the odds and that’s what I will do here.