If you had told me before the season started that Edinson Volquez would be the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter, I would have pointed you toward a medical professional. But Volquez did that in his last start, as the 12-year veteran needed only 98 pitches to register 10 strikeouts and go the distance against Arizona. Volquez, who has been dealing with some ankle discomfort since his last outing, will get the start for the Miami Marlins in their series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
– Shark Bites
- Christian Yelich is 7-for-14 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs in his career against Gerrit Cole.
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Marlins’ last 17 games against the Pirates.
- The Pirates are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when opening a series.
The Bucs will counter with the struggling Gerrit Cole. The righty has allowed 28 hits, 18 runs and seven home runs while not making it past the fifth inning once in his past three starts. Luckily for Cole, PNC Park has been much friendlier to him than the road with the Pirates pitcher posting a 2.53 ERA at home versus 5.67 elsewhere.
Coming back to Volquez, just how do pitchers follow up a no-no? Since the beginning of 2015, there have been eight no-hitters not including Volquez. Those pitchers coming off a no-no have allowed two or fewer earned runs on seven of eight occasions. And even that one time a pitcher allowed more than two ERs is excusable, as it came in Cole Hamels’ first start in Texas after being traded.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Miami Marlins listed as underdogs of 129 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for odds updates at MyBookie.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.2-4.4 result in favor of the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Miami Marlins vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Pirates sport a record of 26-33 heading into this matchup, while the Miami Marlins sit at 25-33 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Miami injuries news.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Pirates rated this week at No. 6 and the Miami Marlins sitting at No. 16.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and its No. 23-rated batting order, averaging 4.2 runs per nine innings, against the No. 20 line up of the Miami Marlins at 4.43 runs per outing.
Miami brings the No. 23-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates’s No. 19-ranked defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Miami rolled to a 6-5 win against Chicago on Wednesday, as J Urena and the Marlins’ bats led the team to victory at Wrigley Field.
The Pirates got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Baltimore on Wednesday; it was a 9-6 final at Camden Yards in MLB wagering action.
- Miami is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
- Miami is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 6 games
- Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Miami at Pittsburgh, Friday, June 9th