In the second of a two-game series between the Miami Marlins (23-21) and the Tampa Bay Rays (20-22) at Marlins Park, Tom Koehler (2-4, 4.71 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 3.81 ERA) get the ball. The Marlins won the last game 7-6, and Miami leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 12:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and will air on FSFL.
In his most recent outing, Koehler pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking five in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies. Marcell Ozuna (.321, 28 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Rays were victorious over the Blue Jays 6-3 the last time Odorizzi pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking four. Brandon Guyer (.327, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rays -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
So far this season, the Marlins are 1-0 against the Rays.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
The Rays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Marlins are 7-5. The Rays are 3-6 in close games this season.
The Marlins managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-16. The Marlins have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 65 this season. Miami ranks 21st with 41 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Miami ranks in the top five with 9.36.
Miami and Tampa Bay both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Miami sits at ninth with an OPS of .757, and Tampa Bay ranks 10th with an OPS of .744.
The Rays are 8-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Marlins are 10-10 when they allow at least one homer.