Miami Marlins vs San Francisco Giants 6-18-2018

Miami Marlins vs San Francisco Giants 6-18-2018

Miami Marlins (27-43) vs San Francisco Giants (34-36)

Date : 06/18/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Miami Marlins vs San Francisco Giants

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Monday night beginning at 10:15 pm EST.  The Marlins are in last place within the NL East division while the Giants currently occupy 4th place in the NL West.  This will be the 2nd matchup of the year amongst these two teams as the Marlins took a 4-game set at Marlins Park on 6-14-2018.

Miami Marlins's Latest Performance :

The Marlins come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to there the O/U was 2-3.  They recently would lose a 3-game home set versus the San Diego Padres on 6-10-2018.  The Marlins would, however, would win game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the surging San Francisco Giants with Madison Bumgarner on the mound by a score of 7-5 on 6-11-2018 on their way to winning the series altogether, despite a 7-3 loss in game 4.  Miami would go on to win game 1 of a 3 game road set against the lowly Baltimore Orioles on 6-15-2018 by a score of 2-0.

For the season, the Marlins average 3.50 runs per game (30th) with a team batting average of .233 (24th), 51 homers (30th) along with 15 stolen bases (29th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.89 (27th) with 529 strikeouts (22nd) along with 19 quality starts (27th).

Starlin Castro (.285 BA on 253 AB), Brian Anderson (.310 BA on 248 AB), and Justin Bour (.242 BA on 207 AB) have been the offensive superstars for the Marlins this year.  Derek Dietrich (.286 BA on 217 AB) and Miguel Rojas (.230 BA on 230 AB) have also been critical components to the Miami offensive attack.

Jose Urena (1-8, 80.1 IP, 42 R, 80 H, 9 HR, 18 BB, 66 SO, 4.59 ERA) have pitched the most inning for the Marlins this year.  Caleb Smith (5-6) has also pitched 65.2 innings while allowing 27 runs on 48 hits, 7 homers, 30 walks, and 79 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.70.


San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

The San Francisco Giants come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, the Giants would win a 3-game road set versus the surging Washington Nationals on 6-10-2018, but, would go on to perform miserably against the Marlins in the first 3 games of a 4-game road set versus the Marlins yet would come out with the extra inning 6-3 victory on 6-14-2018.  The Giants would play game 1 of a 3-game road set versus the Dodgers on 6-16-2018 to which they lost 3-2.

For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.22 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .261 (3rd), 72 homers (18th) along with 27 stolen bases (21st).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26 (21st) with 522 strikeouts (26th) along with 24 quality starts (24th).

Brandon Belt (.307 BA on 192 AB) and Buster Posey (.293 BA on 215 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year.  Evan Longoria (.246 BA on 256 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.

Chris Stratton (7-4, 75 IP, 40 R, 72 H, 8 HR, 33 BB, 61 SO, 4.56 ERA) has been consistent on the mound for the Giants this season.  On the other hand, Ty Blach (4-5, 74.2 IP, 39 R, 87 H, 5 HR, 27 BB, 38 SO, 4.22 ERA) has also been solid for the Giants in 2018.

How Miami Marlins & San Francisco Giants Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Marlins are 35-35 ATS while the O/U is 35-35.  On the other hand, the Giants are 39-31 ATS while the O/U is 36-31-3.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

While the pitcher for the Giants is not known, Caleb Smith (5-6) will come to the hill for the Marlins looking to win his 4th starts in 6 outings.  Smith has had an up and down year, overall, however, has only been credited for 10 earned runs in his last 4 starts.  In his last outing, he pitched 6.1 innings while allowing 3 runs on 8 hits in a 5-4 home win versus the Giants on 6-13-2018.  Austin Jackson and Evan Longoria (both 0-1) are the only hitters on the Giants lineup that has had experience against Smith in the past.

Against The Spread Selection: Miami Marlins

My reason for the pick :

I happen to think that the Marlins played very well against the Giants in their last series at Marlins Park.  In fact, aside from them losing game 4, I thought the Marlins dominated the Giants.  Couple this with the fact that the Giants certainly had their share of mental mistakes on the mound along with at the plate, it would be safe to say that the Marlins were clearly the better team during this series.  At AT&T Park this year, the Giants are 18-10 and will certainly come focused and ready to play against this Marlins bunch; However, the Marlins showed great composure in beating up on the Giants last time out and I feel that they have a great chance once again to lay it too an inconsistent scoring team in the Giants.

Betting trends for Miami Marlins:

  • Betting Trends for Miami Marlins

    • The Marlins are 3-1 in last 4 games
    • The Over is 7-3 in Marlins last 10 road games

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants

    • The Giants are 9-4 in last 13 home games
    • The Giants are 9-5 in last 14 games
    • The under is 4-2 in Giants last 6 home games


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