Pick Marlins +100 Tonight vs. Mets

Jeff Grant

Friday, April 25, 2014 2:22 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League East matchup between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors with 27 RBIs, which will provide the necessary punch to knock out the New York Mets in a series opener Friday night.

 

Power packed
Miami ranks tied for ninth in the league in runs scored, which has been made possible by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton sitting in the middle of the lineup, as he’s driven in a MLB-high 27 runs to this point.

The Marlins enter the weekend with a 10-12 overall record, including a 1-8 mark on the road, as it comes off losing two of three games in Atlanta due to going 3-for-22 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 11-20 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

 

Quite a series
New York improved to 4-3 on its current 10-game homestand by winning three of four against the St. Louis Cardinals, as its struggling lineup managed to go 7 for 21 with RISP. 

The Mets pitching staff has compiled a 2.27 ERA over its last 10 games, including a 1.84 mark from its starters. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 35-34 in April, with the OVER going 35-30 in that situation.

 

Alvarez
Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA) picked up his first victory of the season last time out, as he allowed just two hits over nine shutout innings in a 7-0 home win over the Seattle Mariners.

The right-hander has compiled a 8-9 record and 4.01 ERA in 29 career road starts, with opposing hitters batting .281 against him. 

In three lifetime outings versus the Mets, Alvarez has gone 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA, including seven scoreless innings in picking up a win in his only outing at this ballpark.

 

Wheeler
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, but he didn’t receive a decision in a 4-3 home victory over the Atlanta Braves last time out. 

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two home outings this season—issuing five walks and striking out 12 batters in 12 combined frames.

Wheeler didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-2 road win over the Marlins in his only career outing against them on July 30 of last season, as he surrendered two runs and three hits over seven innings.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Marlins as one of their MLB picks, as the Mets have dropped four of Wheeler’s last five efforts at home. 

 Free MLB Pick:  Miami Marlins +100