Marlins +115 Over Dodgers for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 2, 2014 1:33 PM GMT

We take a closer look at the MLB odds for tonight's National League affair between the Miami Marlins and the LA Dodgers, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Los Angeles Dodgers may be a bit fatigued after finishing off a doubleheader sweep late last night in Minneapolis, which will provide a major edge for the Miami Marlins in the series opener.


Brought out the brooms
Los Angeles opened up its current road trip by picking up a three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins, which included a pair of wins in a doubleheader Thursday. 

The Dodgers scored 19 runs and collected 38 hits in the series, but they’ll likely have a hard time finding the necessary energy to pick up a victory in this spot—traveling to the Sunshine State in the early morning hours Friday. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club has won both of its games as road favorites of -125 to -150 during the 2014 campaign.


Streaking
Miami has won six consecutive home games—the franchise’s longest win streak at this ballpark since it opened in 2012.

The Marlins have scored 41 runs over their current win streak in South Beach, and continue to be led by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton offensively, who is 11 for 30 with five home runs in his last seven games against the Blue Crew. 

It’s important to point out that the squad has won all four of its games as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season.


Beckett 
 
Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.45 ERA) has yet to earn a decision in his first four outings, with the team dropping a 5-4 decision to the Colorado Rockies in his last effort. 

The right-hander has compiled a 24-15 career record in the month of May, with opposing hitters batting .243 against him. 

Beckett has faced his former team just once—allowing four runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss as a member of the Boston Red Sox on June 11, 2012.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Marlins as one of their MLB picks, as the Dodgers have dropped Beckett’s last four trips to the mound as a road favorite. 

Free MLB Pick:  Miami Marlins +115