Oakland Athletics vs Miami Marlins Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

Oakland Athletics vs Miami Marlins Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

Credit: photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Marlins money line -140
Marlins run line -1.5 (+145)
Athletics money line +117
Athletics run line +1.5 (-145)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Miami Marlins Oakland Athletics
Record 53-69 45-78
Home / road record 28-36 19-41
Last 10 record 3-7 4-6
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 52-64-6 51-64-7
Runs / game 3.68 3.38
Runs allowed / game 4.13 4.55

 

Preview

The Miami Marlins and the Oakland Athletics will play the 2nd game of the series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Tuesday. The Marlins bounced back and took the win 3-0 in the first game of the series. Rookie Edward Cabrera pitched two-hit ball over eight innings in another impressive start, Charles Leblanc homered.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins get here with a 53-69 record and have lost 7 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.68 runs per game. They're batting for .232 AVG, have 444 runs scored in 937 hits and 109 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Jesus Aguilar leads with 15 home runs, 48 RBI. Garret Cooper is batting for an average of .274. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.13 runs per game and rank #12 in the league. Sandy Alcantara is leading the team with a 2.19 ERA, 157 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:

Pablo Lopez (7-8, 3.83 ERA) will be on the mound for the Marlins in the 1st game of the series. Lopez took the loss Wednesday, coughing up six runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings as the Marlins fell 10-3 to the Padres. He struck out two. He hasn't pitched against the A's in his career.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 45-78 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.38 runs per game. They're batting for .216 AVG, 414 runs scored in 864 hits and 104 home runs, ranking #29 in offense, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .253 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 49 RBI and 17 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.55 runs per game, ranking #23 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 4.28 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:   Zach Logue (3-7, 6.35 ERA)

Logue will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Athletics. Logue suffered the loss against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings of work. He hasn't pitched against the Marlins in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Miami Marlins are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami's last 10 games on the road.

Miami are 6-15 SU in their last 21 games against an opponent in the American League.

Oakland A's are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games at home.

Oakland A's are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the National League.

Prediction

The Athletics continue to struggle at home losing 7 of their last 9 games there. Zach Logue will get the ball for this game who has been pounded all season and has a terrible 6.35 ERA. The Marlins will send Pablo Lopez to the mound who has struggled lately and the Marlins have lost in his last 4 starts. The Marlins have the better pitcher on the mound so expect them to keep the A's batters cold. Take the Marlins.

PICK: Marlins ML (-140)

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