Miami at Tampa Bay MLB Betting Prediction & Game Info

Posted by Aaron . on May 3, 2017 in

The Miami Marlins wrap up a four-game home-and- home interleague series in Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The Marlins have dropped the first two games in the series, both at home, including a 3-1 win on Wednesday night. Scoring has been fairly low in these first two contests, with Tampa Bay winning by a combined 7-3 score. Before this series, the Rays took on the Blue Jays with a losing effort in the series of 1-3. For Miami, they also had a tough time in their previous series. They’re coming off a 1-2 series loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Can the Marlins salvage the third game in the series?

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Miami at Tampa Bay MLB Betting Prediction & Game Info

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:10pm
Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL
TV: SUN
Stream: MLB.tv
Radio: Miami / Tampa Bay
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Dan Straily (1-2, 4.15 ERA) (MIA) vs Matt Andriese (1-1, 3.86 ERA) (TB)

Why should you bet on the Marlins?

Despite that decent ERA, Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese has been serving up more hittable pitches as of late. In his last two starts, he has permitted seven runs (six earned) in 12 innings after permitting just a pair of runs in 12 innings in the two starts before that. When the National League teams play at an American League park, they get to use the designated hitter, which basically puts another bat in the Marlins’ lineup. If you like Miami in this game, you see their bats coming back awake like they were before this week.

Why should you put your money on the Rays?

Tampa Bay has not been hitting that well so far this season, but they have gotten enough of it to win the first two games against the Marlins. On Tuesday, Logan Morrison hit his sixth home run of the young season to carry the Rays past Edinson Volquez. The Rays get to face Dan Straily, who permitted three runs in 5 innings in a loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Before that, he pitched seven innings against the Padres, fanning 14, but his struggles with control against the Pirates got his pitch count up early, and the Marlins’ bullpen had to come on early. If the Rays can get to the Miami bullpen before the seventh, they have a chance to take the game late.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Rays have been the clutch team for the two games of this set down in Miami. I see them prevailing in the finale, especially if they get to the Marlins’ bullpen early. I predict a 5-3 Tampa Bay win.