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Marlins and Pirates going in different directions

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Although they’re still in the thick of the NL wild card race, the Marlins are on a slide that’s seen them lose three straight and six of their last eight. It might not be easy to stop the bleeding tonight at PNC Park vs Gerrit Cole and the Pirates. Miami enters the game as +152 underdogs, and with good reason, as Pittsburgh’s been hot, winning six of their last seven games.

Shark Bites
  • Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich have career averages of .444 and .455 vs Cole.
  • The Marlins are 1-11 in their last 12 games on the road against the Pirates.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Pirates' last seven games after consecutive wins.

Cole has had an ugly August with a 6.00 ERA in three starts, but he’s done his best work at home this season, posting a 2.94 ERA and allowing just one home run in 54 innings pitched. He has one start against Miami under his belt this season, where he was on the wrong end of a 3-1 loss. He gave up nine hits and had just four strikeouts.

The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler, who’s currently having his best month of the season. In three August starts, he has a 1.89 ERA, while Miami has won four of his last five starts.

The total for tonight’s game sits at 7.5 runs, and these teams have gone UNDER that mark in four of their last five games against each other.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Miami Marlins were 170 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.4-4.6 victory for the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Miami Marlins vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Pirates sport a record of 62-56 heading into this matchup, while the Miami Marlins sit at 62-59 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Miami injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 11 (Pittsburgh Pirates) and the No. 21 (Miami Marlins) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh Pirates No. 13-rated offense, averaging 4.58 runs per game, against a Miami Marlins defense that ranks No. 7 at 4.18 in runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have averaged 8.82 hits per game so far, less than Miami Marlins batters have averaged on the year (9.38 hits per game).

Defensively, Miami features the No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.52 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 at home, scoring 4.74 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Miami looks to rebound from a loss to the Reds, who beat them 5-4 on Thursday behind a start from D Straily at Great American Ball Park.

Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Giants, a 6-5 final on Wednesday in support of I Nova at AT&T Park.

Betting Trends
  • Miami is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
  • Miami is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Miami at Pittsburgh, Saturday, August 20th

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