Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins - 4/2/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins - 4/2/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins (0-0) vs Tampa Bay Rays (0-0)

Game Info: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:10 pm (loanDepot park)

Pablo Lopez (0-0) (0.00) vs Ryan Yarbrough (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Miami Marlins +125 / Tampa Bay Rays -135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Marlins will be playing the Tampa Bay Rays this Friday in the second game of their season opening series. Tampa Bay won the first game 1-0.

The Marlins were a pleasant surprise last year, finishing second in a tough NL East and earning a trip to the postseason. They were also the best team in spring training, going 14-5 in Grapefruit league play. Miami will look to bounce back after only mustering 3 hits in their 1-0 loss on opening day. They only managed to get one runner in scoring position and could not convert. Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched well, going 6 innings, allowing no runs, and striking out 7. Jesus Agular was the lone bright spot on offense. He continued his success from spring, going 2-4 from the plate. Jorge Alfaro was the only other Marlin with a hit.

The Marlins will send out righty Pablo Lopez to the mound on Friday. He finished 2020 with a 6-4 record, 3.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts. In spring he was 0-0 in 4 starts with a 2.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 9 strikeouts.

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Tampa Bay was able to outduel the Marlins on opening day. Tyler Glasnow was nearly unhittable, going 6 scoreless innings. He only allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out 6. Austin Meadows hit the go ahead home run in the 8th inning to put them ahead before Diego Castillo closed the door in the ninth. Outside of the home run, the Rays only had 4 hits and struck out 12 times. They were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

Heading to the mound for the Rays will be lefty Ryan Yarbrough. He ended 2020 with a 1-4 record, 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44 strikeouts. He was 1-1 in spring with a 4.61 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 11 strikeouts.

Miami had a great spring but were given a rude awakening by Glasnow and the Rays bullpen in their season opener. The Rays on the other hand have won 6 in a row dating back to spring training, and will look to keep things rolling in this one. Ryan Yarborough did not give up a run against the Marlins when they played last season, and the Marlins looked lost at the plate on Thursday. I don't expect things to change on Friday. Give me the Rays to win.

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Joe’s Pick Tampa Bay Rays -135

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