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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
The Line: Miami Marlins +190 / Tampa Bay Rays -208 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Miami Marlins look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Marlins have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Miguel Rojas leads the Marlins with 106 hits and 33 RBI while Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson have combined for 200 hits and 95 RBI. Elieser Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in their last five games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 108 hits and 48 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 197 hits and 101 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn't list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Marlins are 14-29 in their last 43 games following an off day, 5-1 in their last 6 interleague road games and 3-8 in Hernandez's last 11 starts. The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Marlins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay. The over is 5-0 in Rays last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Hernandez's last 5 starts overall.

Hernandez has pitched very little this season and six of his 12 appearances have been out of the bullpen, but he's still given up 15 hits and 10 runs in his last 14 innings, and he's walked six batters during that span. The Tampa Bay Rays are back to stringing wins together and need to take advantage of series like this if they're going to keep their chances alive of hosting a possible wild card game. As long as the Rays keep hitting the ball and putting runs up, they should be able to keep this winning streak alive against a Marlins team where offense doesn't come easy.

Tampa Bay Rays -1.5

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