The Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins will begin a weekend interleague series on Friday night.
The Marlins have been one of the coldest teams in the Majors over the past couple of weeks, going just 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Tigers haven't been much better, going 4-6 in that stretch.
So, how should we handle betting on Friday's series opener?
Let's find out what the oddsmakers think.
Tigers vs. Marlins odds, run line, and total
Tigers vs. Marlins prediction and pick
The issue for the Marlins cold streak has been their offense, which has been terrible lately. Over the past two weeks, the Marlins are 27th in OPS at .647. To be fair, the Tigers are slightly worse, coming in at 28th at .645.
So, that's why I think the UNDER is the bet to make in this one, especially with the relatively strong pitching matchup that's set to take place.
Reese Olson (4.53 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers, and outside of his rough start against the Padres his last time out, he had been playing some fantastic baseball allowing only combined four earned runs in his last 14.0 innings pitched.
Braxton Garrett (4.32 ERA) will get the start for the Marlins, and despite a rough July, I expect some positive regression from him sooner rather than later. He has a 4.32 ERA, but his 3.67 FIP (Field Independent Pitching) shows he's had some bad luck along the way.
Even with it being a low total tonight, I'll go ahead and take the UNDER and root for a pitchers duel.
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