Free MLB Prediction: Marlins vs Rays
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23-22 (13-9 V) Miami Marlins vs Tampa Bay Rays 21-22 (10-11 H)
Date: Thursday May 26th
Time: 1:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, Florida
MLB Betting Lines: Miami Marlins , Tampa Bay Rays
MLB Betting Total: N/A
Probable Pitchers: Marlins RH Jose Fernandez (6-2, 3.02 ERA) vs. Rays LH Drew Smyly (2-5, 3.54 ERA)
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The Marlins and Rays will meet on Thursday afternoon in the finale of their 4 game set at Tropicana Field. On Wednesday night, the Marlins will have Justin Nicolino match up against Matt Andriese.
The two teams split the first two meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
Miami is third in the league in batting average (.274) yet they are struggling to drive in runs. The Marlins are 23rd in total runs with 175.
A big reason has been the struggles on Giancarlo Stanton who is only batting .214 on the season to go along with 12 home runs and 26 RBI.
After going hitless in five straight games he has picked it up going 3-for-11 with a homer in the last three.
Martin Prado has been a bright spot all season as he is hitting .340. The 32-year-old has no homers and only 15 RBIs.
Jose Fernandez has won his last five starts after beginning the season 1-2. Fernandez has given up only two runs over his last three starts (20 IP). He has struck out at least seven batters over his last five starts.
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay is tied for first in the MLB in home runs with 65. Despite this the Rays have struggled to score runs all season. They rank 19th in the league with a total of 184 runs.
The problem has been that the Rays have struggled to make contact (.238).
Steven Souza Jr has been one of the lone bright spots for the Rays. Souza is hitting .273 with nine homers and 19 RBI’s.
Drew Smyly is 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA. Unfortunately like most Rays starters, Smyly has been a victim of low run support. After his worst start of the season against Seattle on May 10th in which he allowed six runs in five innings, he has been sharp.
The 26-year-old has allowed four runs in 11.1 innings in two starts (1-1).
MLB Betting Trends:
- Marlins are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Marlins are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Free Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction
The Marlins have a huge pitching advantage in this matchup.
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Jose Fernandez is an elite pitcher and Tampa Bay will struggle to get going on offense in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Miami 5 – Tampa Bay 3
Fernandez will be the difference in this contest as he should out-duel Smyly who has had a good year. Stanton might hit a big homer in this one.
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