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Miami Sends Justin Nicolino vs Gerrit Cole in Pittsburgh Pirates vs Marlins Game

MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins battle on Thursday at Marlins Park as the Marlins try to pick up a win on home turf and reward those moneyline betting.

Miami sends Justin Nicolino out against Gerrit Cole for the Pittsburgh Pirates in this game. Nicolino is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA on the season, while Cole is 14-7 on the year and has a 2.55 ERA.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates were -170 moneyline favorites in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 7 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.5-3.4 victory for the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Marlins sport a record of 51-76 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 76-49 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game puts the Miami Marlins, most recently No. 23 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who rate a No. 6 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Miami has baseball's No. 29-rated offensive output, at 8.56 hits per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates average 9.1 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the list.

Pittsburgh brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Marlins's No. 16-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 7-2 victory over Miami on Wednesday at Marlins Park behind starter J Locke.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Miami
  • Miami is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Miami's last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
  • Miami is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Colorado, Friday, August 28th
Miami at Washington, Friday, August 28th

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