MLB Picks: Marlins vs. Giants -138

Joe Catalano

Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:57 PM GMT

Saturday, May. 17, 2014 3:57 PM GMT

Two teams that have really stepped up their games this season have been the Miami Marlins (22-21) and the San Francisco Giants (27-16). These teams meet tonight in what could be an offensive showdown.

First pitch is set for 9:05 pm ET tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. This game can be seen on MLB TV. 

According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Giants are a -138 betting favorite with the very unpredictable Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.78) taking the mound and the total for the game is listed at 7.5


Who’s Going To Hit One Out To McCovey Cove?
There are no Barry Bonds’ in this game, but both of these teams have both been effective offensively this season. The one statistic that stands out for the Giants is the most important one. The Giants rank 8th in the league in runs and with their always reliable pitching, this is the reason why they once again lead the National League West Division.

From a Marlins perspective, this team is finally starting to develop the hitters to be a winning baseball team. They rank 6th in the league in runs, 4th in batting average, 6th in on-base percentage, and 4th in slugging percentage. The fish also feature one of the most feared hitters in the league in Giancarlo Stanton.

Possible MVP Candidate?

This is no joke as Stanton leads the Marlins in batting average (.315), home runs (11), runs batted in (42), on-base percentage (.402), and hits (52). He’s managed to do all of this and still play at a home park that favors the pitchers. What if Stanton played at Yankee Stadium?

Stanton has also had help from hitters like Casey McGehee (1 HR, 28 RBI, .292) and Christian Yelich (5 HR, 14 RBI, .272, 5 SB). Yelich is coming off of a big day along with Derek Dietrich in which they both hit homers in a 7-5 Marlins win over the Giants. Now, the Giants look to return the favor as Tim Lincecum takes the mound.


Unpredictable
Although he’s still 20 games over .500 for his career and has a 3.50 career ERA to go along with 2 consecutive Cy Young Awards, Tim Lincecum most likely won’t make the Hall of Fame and his career is turning into a disappointment.

Maybe that’s overdoing it as he has multiple World Series titles and a lot of individual awards, but my question is “how did Lincecum get so bad?” He’s just an average pitcher that can’t even pitch below 4.00 in a pitcher’s league such as the National League. Lincecum has tried everything from cutting his hair to growing a mustache, but it hasn’t made him pitch any better.

That said, Lincecum is coming off of a huge victory over a great Braves team in which he allowed just 1 run on 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 11 batters. The man is simply puzzling and you don’t know what you’re going to get from him.


Michael Morse
Michael Morse’s stock is steadily rising as he’s been carrying a heavy stick for the Giants. He leads San Francisco with 10 HR and 28 RBI. Morse is also hitting a respectable .277 and his batting average is rising after going 6 for 12 in his last 3 games. Look for Morse to be a factor as the season progresses.

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Outcome
Call me crazy, but I’m going to have to side with Lincecum and the National League West leading Giants in this game. Pitching wins games and look for Lincecum to pitch well for a 2nd consecutive outing tonight.

Pick- San Francisco -138 at 5 Dimes

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