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Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

March 29, 2024

The Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0) and Miami Marlins (0-1) will play game two of their four-game series on Friday, March 29, at 7:10 PM ET at loanDepot Park. The Marlins are currently favored to win with a moneyline of -130.

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates successfully won their first game of the season against the Marlins, a 6-5 outing that required extra innings. Jared Triolo landed an RBI single in the 12th inning to put them over the top.

Last season, the Pirates finished fourth in the National League Central Division and were 76-86 overall. A win to start the season is excellent, but they have a lot of work to do if they want to prove they can take over the division.

The Pirates showed solid offensive production in their first game, with six runs, nine hits, and three home runs. Their batting average dropped to .205, and their on-base percentage was .327, which shows that they had runners in scoring position more often than the Marlins.

Their defense eventually came through and could hold the Marlins down just enough. Martin Perez is expected to be the starting pitcher and was 10-4 last season with an ERA of 4.45.

Miami Marlins Betting Preview

The Marlins can regroup quickly while in the comfort of their home arena. This should not be an issue for them since they were resilient last season with a positive record above .500, but anything can happen.

They finished 84-78 and third overall in the National League East the previous season. They must bounce back quickly if they want to build on that success.

They were a little flat at times offensively but put up a good performance overall. Their batting average was .195, and they scored five runs and eight hits. They also stayed on base, with a percentage of .292.

Looking at their slugging percentage, they fall short at .244, while the Pirates put up .455. If they can find a way to slow down the Pirates offense, they should be in good shape. A.J. Puk is their probable starting pitcher and had an ERA of 3.97 last season.

Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick

MyBookie has you covered for all things MLB this season, with this matchup slightly favoring the Miami Marlins (-130). This should be another exciting matchup, especially since both teams had a lot of similarities from last season.

The Marlins had solid momentum coming into this series. They had a two-game win streak for Spring games, scoring five runs in both. They can score runs efficiently and will likely bounce back.

Final Pick: Miami Marlins -130