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Date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Mike Leake vs Jose Urena
MLB Moneyline Odds: Marlins -120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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This is an important series between teams fighting for a Wild Card berth in the NL.
Both of these teams have an outside shot at catching their division leaders but more likely they are going to be battling to the end to grab a spot in the one game playoff.
Only a game separates them and the Marlins have an edge having taken 2 of 3 earlier in the season.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards took two of three at the Mets to start the week, helping themselves and the Marlins.
Even though the numbers say otherwise I still to do not see this as a top offensive team. Even healthy they lay that one elite bat – I just don’t see Matt Carpenter that way.
There are not many holes though as every spot in the lineup hits for pretty good average and can yank the ball out of the ballpark.
An addition a la Carlos Beltran would be nice.
After his best two starts Mike Leake got hit hard by the Dodgers in his last outing. He has a winning record on the road though so this could definitely be a spot play.
He does not walk many guys which is a good trait, also his strikeout are up this season.
Still, the Marlins have a righty heavy lineup which might not be a great match for the crafty lefty.
The Marlins are right in the thick of it in the NL but they seem primed for a dropoff unless they start producing more on offense.
Dee Gordon will be back soon and despite missing so many games he is second on the team in steals.
If he can get on frequently at the top of the lineup it will makes things a lot tougher for opponents looking to pitch around Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.
Jose Urena has pitched primarily out of the bullpen this season. This just his third start but he has been effective in his starts giving up just 2ER over 11.2 innings combined.
With a little more support he might be 2-0 as starter this season.
The Marlins bullpen has no big names but they have been very good this season and can shut things down when they get a lead.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 4-10 in their last 14 Fri. games.
- STL are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
- STL are 7-3 in their last 10 games on grass.
- MIA are 8-3 in their last 11 home games.
- MIA are 11-5 in their last 16 overall.
- MIA are 11-5 in their last 16 games on grass.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins MLB Prediction:
Mike Leake never scares me but he is pretty reliable and the STL offense is among the better in the league, at least statistically. The Cards are 29-17 on the road. All of their value has been away from Busch this season.
Jose Urena is still pretty unknown to me.
Odds are he is just a guy as nothing in his Major or Minor League past has shown otherwise. He should be feeling good and his unfamiliarity could be a benefit for the Marlins.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 8.5
I think this number could even be set at eight and I like it going over the total. Primarily the Cards will work over Urena but look for the Marlins to take Leake deep a couple of times too.
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 7 – Miami 5
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