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April 21, 7:10 PM | GrassSun Life Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Florida Marlins Odds

8-10TEAM RECORD10-6

MLB wagering interest swings to the Florida vs Pittsburgh battle on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium as the Marlins try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Chris Volstad will take the mound for Florida, and he'll carry a 0-1 record into the contest. James McDonald gets the ball for Pittsburgh; he's 0-1 so far this season.

View Pittsburgh vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Florida opened as -145 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 9.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida's No. 9 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 in the National League at 4.7 runs allowed per game. The Marlins have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7.8 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 6-0 loser as they battled the Marlins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Marlins at -148 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pirates were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Florida staff and losing 6-0 to the Marlins on Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Florida are 1-9
After a loss are 5-5

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Pirates at Marlins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Florida is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida's last 8 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Washington, Friday, April 22
Florida home to Colorado, Friday, April 22

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