Today, we’re focusing on an interesting MLB matchup that’s just around the corner. As the title suggests, we’re referring to Marlins vs Pirates. The match starts soon so let’s jump right in!
The Pittsburgh Pirates will welcome an NL East opponent in the form of the Miami Marlins to PNC Park this Thursday, June 3rd at 7:05 PM. Pirates come into the matchup having lost 8 of their last 10 after tough series against the Royals and Cubs in the past week. The Marlins find themselves 4th in the NL East after going 4-6 last ten games but have lost their last 4 straight.
Marlins vs Pirates Intro
The Pirates will send Tyler Anderson to the mound. Right-hander Elieser Hernandez the confirmed starter for the Marlins. Tyler Anderson holds a 3-5 record this season posting an ERA of 4.63 and WHIP of 1.21. Elieser Hernandez has gone winless this season with a 7.71 ERA over only 2 pitched innings.
Potential Lineup Changes for the Both Teams
The Pirates will be missing 3rd Baseman Colin Moran and Phillip Evans leaving the likely replacement to be Erik Gonzales.
The Pirates will also be without Ka’ai Tom as he is out after taking a Hit by Pitch in a game on Tuesday. The Pirates picked Tom off waivers from the Oakland A’s in late April.
The Marlins come in with injuries riddled in their bullpen with relievers Holloway and Niedirt on the IL.
Reasons for a Potential Marlins Victory
The Marlins batting splits come in even between both Righty’s and Lefty’s and have much better hitting splits at night as opposed to daytime games.
They will be hitting against Tyler Anderson who has struggled to put away batters this season and has given up 11 Earned runs over his last 2 starts.
The Pirates are losing games left and right and have not shown consistent pitching or batting this season.
Reasons for a Potential Pirates Victory
There arent many reasons to choose the Pirates in this one. They have been slipping hard in the last 2 weeks and are struggling to keep up with any team in the NL Central. The Pirates are also 1-3 in games against NL East foes.
They do bat better against Right Handed pitchers, and Hernandez has struggled at the MLB level. However, Tyler Anderson has had a difficult time keeping runners from crossing home plate in his last 3 starts, so it is likely the Pirates will have to keep up on the scoring end which has been a struggle for them as of late. They have been outscored by 14 runs in their last 3 games.
We’re reached our sports betting picks for this particular matchup! From the betting perspective, there are plenty of plays here in this 7 PM affair between two bottom-dwelling teams. I expect this one to be a high-scoring affair with 2 struggling pitchers coming to the mound for both teams. The Marlins also have injuries up and down their rotation and bullpen which may lead to some runs in the later innings.
The over 8 runs line looks juicy to me at -115 on FanDuel. I also expect the less injury-affected Marlins to squeeze out a victory here so I would take the moneyline at -120 up until -140. If you’re feeling risky, the Marlins run line at plus money provides some good value after the Pirates’ recent 3-game losing streak that has shown a terrible run differential.