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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins - 7/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins (41-57) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-47)
Date & Time Friday July 20, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -167 / Miami Marlins +157 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
SUN, FSFL
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MLB | Miami Marlins (41-57) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-47)
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The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Miami Marlins look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Marlins have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Miami Marlins have won five of their last six games when scoring at least one run. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 112 hits and 37 RBI while Brian Anderson and have Derek Dietrich combined for 203 hits and 81 RBI. Dan Straily gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. This will be Straily’s second career game against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a bounce back victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Rays have allowed 28 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last seven games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 99 hits and 27 RBI while Wilson Ramos and C.J. Cron have combined for 173 hits and 102 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.59 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 3-11 in their last 14 games following an off day, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League East and 2-7 in Strailys last 9 starts. The Rays are 17-4 in their last 21 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 interleague home games and 2-6 in Eovaldis last 8 starts. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Rays last 7 interleague games and the over is 9-2 in Marlins last 11 road games.

We're getting considerable plus money with a Marlins team that fights hard nightly and finished the first half on a bit of a hot streak. The fish are putting runs on the board lately and Straily has been rather decent lately, allowing three or less runs in five of his last six starts. The Rays pitching staff really struggled in the late first half and it's been no different for Eovaldi, as he's coming off a game in which he allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings. The Rays have lost six of Eovaldi's nine starts this season, and he's allowed three or more runs in four of his last eight starts. The Marlins have won four of their last six games as an underdog. I'll take a shot with the plus money in this spot. 

Pick:
Miami Marlins +157

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