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Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

June 5, 2024

The Miami Marlins will battle the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a very brief two-game set Wednesday evening inside loan Depot Park from Miami, Florida. They throw out the first pitch at 6:40 p.m. Miami and Tampa Bay have playoff aspirations but have yet to play for the season's first two months.

Bookmaker has installed Rays -145 on the ML.

Miami Marlins Betting Preview

The Marlins have gotten off to a slow start and have had some tough losing streaks this season. They entered this series coming off bad losses where their offense could have been more present. They were blanked 7-0, then 6-0 by the Texas Rangers as they dropped two out of three in that series.

On offense, the Marlins are paced by Josh Bell, who has hit six home runs and has also recorded 11 doubles for Miami, which is hitting just .236 on the young season. They have only stolen 34 bases so far this season, but in seasons past, they have been able to get on base more and take more chances. Look for them to try to run against the Rays on Wednesday night.

They will send out Braxton Garrett, who will look to win his third game of the season and stay undefeated for Miami, which has a team ERA of 4.56. They need Braxton to go at least five-plus innings in this one.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Rays are not a deep team, and they do not have a ton of power in their lineup. They are already 12 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, who are looking to run away with the AL East. Tampa has shown in the past that they can play from behind and make up ground on teams, but New York is off to such a hot start that it might be tough to catch them in a stacked division.

On offense, they rely on first baseman Yandy Diaz, who might have a ton of power so far, but he does get on base for the Rays, who are just hitting .234 on the season. The heart of their lineup needs to do a better job of getting on base, and they also have to figure out a way to manufacture runs like they have done in the past.

They will send out Zach Eflin, who is 3-4 after having a brilliant 2023 season in which he posted a stellar mark of 16-8 in his first season with Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay's team ERA is 4.33. Last season, they had a historic start when it came to team ERA, and they would love to revert back to that at some point this season.

Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick

The Marlins are 2-3 in their last five games and 2-3 in their previous five games against the spread. They are also 15-13 in their road games against the number. The Rays are 3-2 in their last five games and 1-4 in their previous five games against the spread too. This season, they are also a solid 12-13 in their road games.

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays - 145