Tom Koehler (8-11, 4.02 ERA) and J.A. Happ (5-7, 4.42 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (50-74) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (73-48) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and can be seen on FSFL, RTPT and MLBN.
Koehler pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out four and walking four in an 8-7 defeat to the Brewers. Happ went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking two in a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Jung Ho Kang (.290, 49 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Pittsburgh takes on Miami as a -126 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -2,224 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 28-47. The Marlins lead the MLB in extra base hits with 290. Miami is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 89 bases.
In the other locker room, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of +1,645 and an impressive record of 57-27 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Pittsburgh's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.19 ERA.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Marlins have a 10-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Happ takes the mound. Koehler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 60-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
Pittsburgh recorded at least two errors for the 28th time this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Marlins are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Pirates have an 11-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Pirates have won their last two games while the Marlins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 36-19. The Pirates have a 52-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Miami has earned 462 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 13th with 521 runs.
Miami and Pittsburgh both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Miami sits at 25th with 303 this season and Pittsburgh ranks 21st with 325.
The Marlins are 30-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 49-23 when they hit at least one homer.