Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Miami Marlins will be squaring off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Fox SportsNet Florida will be televising this NL matchup and the action gets going at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Miami (+295) is hosting this game as the underdog against Los Angeles (-370) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 7 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at +150 for the Marlins +1.5 runs and -170 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs.

The Marlins are only 6-17 SU and are 8-14 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 7.7 units for moneyline gamblers through the early portions of the season and 8.2 units ATS. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 11-11 SU and 8-13 ATS. The team’s lost 5.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.3 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 11-10 so far in 2018. The Marlins have an over/under record of 12-10.

Trevor Richards is getting the start for the visiting Marlins. Richards is 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA and 14 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are putting the ball in the left hand of Clayton Kershaw (1-3, 2.45 ERA), who has 35 strikeouts and three walks as well as a 0.97 WHIP. Kershaw did not record a start against the Marlins in 2017.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff has allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 3.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 10.0 K/9.

Los Angeles’ hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .196/.300/.358 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Matt Kemp have led the charge for the Dodgers’ offense so far. Grandal is hitting .328/.423/.552 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored, and Kemp’s line sits at .317/.354/.533 with three homers, 10 RBIs and eight runs.

For the visitors, Miami’s pitchers have allowed 5.7 runs per game and its starters own a 5.16 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.02 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.38, along with a WHIP of 1.42.

Marlins hitters have slashed .223/.297/.309 on their way to 3.2 runs scored per game this season, including 2.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Third baseman Brian Anderson and first baseman Justin Bour have led Miami’s offense. Anderson is slashing .256/.384/.354 with 21 hits, 12 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Bour (.241/.326/.418) has produced 19 hits, four homers, 13 RBIs and seven runs scored.

The Marlins have lost 2.1 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Marlins, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • Miami has posted 16.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.2 over its last five.
  • The Marlins have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit nine over their last 10.