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2021 MLB Handicapping
(2-0) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins (0-2)
Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Marlins Park in Miami, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Rich Hill vs Elieser Hernandez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -115 | Marlins -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds:
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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The Rays and the Marlins meet for the third and final time in their opening series Saturday as the Rays look for a three-game sweep.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays opened up their season Thursday in classic Rays fashion: winning a low-scoring 1-0 thanks to the superb pitching performance of Tyler Glasnow. Austin Meadows drove in the only run of the game with a solo home run in the eight inning to push the Rays to victory. Meadows has homered twice already this season.
Rich Hill takes the bump for the Rays Saturday. The 41-year-old veteran is expected to split the first six innings of this game with Chris Archer, who is on his second tenure in Tampa Bay.
Rich Hill has had one of the more interesting careers in baseball. He didn’t truly emerge as one of the more effective pitchers in baseball until 2016 and has been solid since. Hill went 2-2 and posted a 3.03 ERA in eight starts with the Minnesota Twins last season.
With Archer, his time in Pittsburgh didn’t work out as planned. Ironically enough, he returns to Tampa Bay after being traded to Pittsburgh for Tyler Glasnow.
The Marlins have caught two unfortunate breaks thus far in their first two games. They were blanked Thursday and blew a late inning lead on Friday to fall to 0-2. Sandy Alcantara pitched very well for the Marlins, but got hit with a no-decision Thursday.
Starling Marte and Miguel Rojas combined for five hits at the top of the lineup for the Marlins Friday. The Marlins put together four runs Friday following the shutout Thursday, with Rojas driving in two of the runs. Anthony Bass came out of the bullpen and surrendered the four go-ahead runs in the eighth inning as the Rays pushed ahead.
The Marlins start 25-year-old right-hander Elieser Hernandez Saturday in his 2021 debut. Hernandez finally had a breakthrough last season and showed great potential. finished 2020 with a 1-0 record to go along with a 3.16 ERA and 3.89 FIP while striking out just under 12 batters per nine innings. He also posted a 12-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in Spring Training.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games.
Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Rays are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
Rays are 22-7 in their last 29 interleague games as a favorite.
Rays are 20-7 in their last 27 vs. National League East.
Rays are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins MLB Prediction:
I do like Hernandez, and while Hill and Archer can be sporadic, I still feel that the Rays have much more depth from a pitching standpoint. As we saw yesterday, the Marlins bullpen is not trustworthy and was the difference maker in the loss. Look for the Rays to pick up win number three in a row.
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