Miami Marlins (56-84) at Pittsburgh Pirates (69-71)
|Date & Time||Friday September 7, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -175 / Miami Marlins +165 --- Over/Under: 8
The Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game one of a three game set from PNC Park in MLB action on Friday.
The Miami Marlins will look to find some consistency down the stretch after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games following a 2-1 win in their series finale against Philadelphia on Wednesday. Austin Dean accounted for both Miami RBIs, while Lewis Brandon went 2 for 3 and Miguel Rojas added a base hit of his own to round out Miami’s offense as the Marlins racked up just four hits as a team in the win. Sandy Alcantara got the win to improve to 2-0 this season after throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six. Drew Steckenrider picked up his 4th save of the season by closing out the 9th. Dan Straily will start game one and is 5-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. In his career, Straily is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep their momentum going after completing the three game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds following a 3-2 win in game three on Wednesday. Colin Moran put up an RBI and a double while Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli each added an RBI in the win. Starling Marte, Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson each contributed a base hit as the Bucs cranked out just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Jameson Taillon gave up one run on eight hits over five innings of work, striking out six to get the win to improve to 12-9 this season. Felipe Vazquez picked up the save, his 30th of the season. Chris Archer will start game one and is 4-7 with a 4.56 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. In his career, Archer is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Miami.
Miami is 2-5 in Straily’s last 7 starts and 10-23 in their last 33 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Pittsburgh is 0-4 in Archer’s last 4 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the NL East while the under is 10-1 in their last 11 home games. Miami is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh needs this game more and is the only one of the two with something to play for here, but the issue is that the Pirates have lost Archer’s last four starts. Straily has been up and down, but he’s allowed one run in his last two starts spanning 14 innings of work, so I think it’s with taking a shot on Miami and the plus money on Friday.