San Francisco was surging but lost the opener of a series in Miami Monday night. How are we leaning with our free MLB picks on Tuesday’s contest? MLB Betting Notes and Free MLB Picks: Giants at Marlins.
Game 2 of a four-game series … Miami took the opener Monday night 7-5 against Madison Bumgarner as +150 home dogs on the MLB betting lines … San Francisco led that game 5-4 into the bottom of the seventh but the bullpen, uncharacteristically, gave up a three-spot … this series is the first encounter between these two teams this season … last season Miami took five of six games from Frisco … early action on Tuesday’s MLB betting odds pushed the line on this game down about a nickel … even with Monday’s loss the Giants (33-33) are 8-3 over their last 11 games … with the win the Marlins (24-42) are 4-3 over their last seven.
Rookie righty Richards (0-3, 5.02) is just 1/7 on quality starts this year … last Thursday, in his first start with the Big Club since April, Richards gave up three runs in five innings of a 4-1 loss at St. Louis … Miami is 2-4 with Richards this season, the totals splitting 3-3 … this will be Richards’ first-ever start against San Francisco … Stratton (7-3, 4.63) is only 4/13 on quality starts this year, and just one for his last eight … last Wednesday he allowed three runs in four innings against Arizona, but just before that he threw six scoreless innings against Philadelphia … the Giants are 10-3 with Stratton this season, with overs going 8-5 … this will be Stratton’s first-ever start against Miami.
The San Francisco bullpen ranks 16th in the Majors with a 3.89 ERA and 13th in WHIP at 1.31 … the Marlins pen ranks 28th in ERA at a generous 5.28 and dead last – 30th – in WHIP at 1.51 … the Giants rank 7th against right-handed pitching with a .746 team OPS … Miami ranks dead last against righties with a .648 OPS.
San Francisco is coming off a loss with its ace against an inferior opponent, but sometimes a good time to bet a team comes in situations just like this. Also, we’re never adverse to chasing a better price with a road favorite against the run line.
Free MLB Pick: Giants -1.5 (+142) at Heritage
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