MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Miami Marlins – June 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Marlins Park in Miami, Florida
Date & Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Moneyline:SF -105 | MIA -105
Over/Under Total: 8
Quick Pick: San Francisco Giants -105
The San Francisco Giants will take on the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon in a National League matchup in the MLB. This game is being played at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 12:10 PM.
It is expected to be hot and humid in Miami on Thursday in the matinee game. Temperatures are expected to be right around 90 degrees with humidity touching in right around at 65%. There will be wind blowing in Marlins Park at approximately 7-10 mph and will be blowing in directly from centerfield to home plate.
BetOnline has set the moneyline at San Francisco Giants -105 and Miami Marlins -105, with the total for the over under play at 8 runs. This is the first series of the year between the Marlins and the Giants. They kicked off the series with Miami winning the first two games by the score of 3-1 and 7-5.
Giants Need To Get Better Run Production
The San Francisco Giants are in third place in the National League West Division, as they are teeter tottering around the .500 mark on the 2018 season. They have won 6 of their last 10 games and now face the Miami Marlins from the NL East, where they hold a 10-8 record against teams from that division. The Giants are hitting the ball very well right now, as a matter of fact, they have the best team batting average in the National League.
The problem becomes getting those baserunners around the bases and touching home plate. They have only scored 281 runs this year, which is 9th among 15 National League Teams. If they can find a way to get those hits converted into runs, this team can compete for the NL West Divisional Title.
On Thursday, the Giants will send Dereck Rodriguez to the mound for his 3rd start of the season. Rodriguez split his last 2 starts, winning against the Philadelphia Phillies but dropping a game against the Washington Nationals. In the game against the Phillies, he allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run over 6 innings, while he allowed 6 hits and 5 earned runs in just 2.2 innings against the Washington Nationals.
Marlins Are In Last Place In NL East
The Miami Marlins are in last place in the National League East Division. They are 17 games under .500 and 13.5 games out of first place in the division. The Marlins have been a bad team all year but most recently have began showing signs of hope, winning 3 out of their last 5 games and 5 out of their last 8 overall. The Marlins still rank towards the bottom of the National League leaders board in nearly every offensive category however they have began making some headway in team batting average, where they are now hitting .233 and are now 11th in the National League.
Dan Straily will take the mound on Thursday for the Marlins. This will be his 9th start of the year for the Marlins. He is 2-2 overall with a 4.08 ERA over 39.2 innings. In his last 3 games, he has gone 0-2 and has allowed 9 earned runs and 19 hits. Straily hasn’t recorded a win since May 18, when he shut down the Atlanta Braves in 7 innings of shutout baseball.
Giants Topple The Miami Marlins
The Giants are competing for the NL West while the Marlins are competing to not become the league’s worst team. The Marlins won the first two games of this series but the Giants will win this one. They are the better team overall and all though I don’t like their pitching on the night, I still think their bats can overpower Straily. This won’t be a blowout but the Giants will get the win.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -105 for 2.5 units