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Sep 11, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Florida Marlins vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

65-79TEAM RECORD66-79

The visiting Marlins hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

For the Pirates, James McDonald gets the ball, charged with keeping the Marlins hitters off the base paths. He'll face Javier Vazquez, 9-11 on the year.

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Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Pirates as -110 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 13-rated Marlins taking on the National League's No. 16-rated Pirates in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 14-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 12 in the National League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Pirates have averaged 8.1 hits per game so far, less than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (8.5 hits per game).

Defensively, Florida features the National League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.5 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.5 runs per game.

The Marlins were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -124 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Florida hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 11-strikeout performance from Anibal Sanchez - will prevail again after their 3-0 victory against Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 9-1
After a win are 3-7

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Florida are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Marlins at Pirates trends to consider:
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Florida's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Pittsburgh's last 25 games

Next up:
Florida at Atlanta, Monday, September 12
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Monday, September 12

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