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.
Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich have career averages of .444 and .455 vs Cole.
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.