San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins - 4/16/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins - 4/16/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins (5-7) vs San Francisco Giants (8-4)

Game Info: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:10 pm (loanDepot park)

Daniel Castano (0-0) (-) vs Anthony DeSclafani (1-0) (0.82)

Betting Odds: Miami Marlins +124 / San Francisco Giants -134 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Francisco Giants will head on the road to face the Miami Marlins in an NL matchup this Friday. It will be the first game of a three-game set at LoanDepot Park.  

The Giants head into this game having won 2 in a row and 6 of their last 7 after a 3-0 win against the Reds on Wednesday. Johnny Cueto got the start and went 5.2 shutout innings, while the bullpen pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit ball to seal the win. From the dish, San Francisco had just 6 hits but were 2-4 with runners in scoring position. To start the season, the Giants have a .207 team batting average with 17 home runs. Evan Longoria leads the team with 4 home runs and 8 RBI, while also posting a .381 batting average and 1.039 OPS.

Getting the start for the Giants on Friday will be righty Anthony Desclafani. In his first two starts he is 1-0 with an 0.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12 strikeouts. In his career against this Marlins lineup, he has allowed a .213 batting average with 3 home runs in 61 at bats.

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Miami lost for the first time in 5 games after their 7-6 loss to the Braves on Thursday. Trevor Rogers got the start and went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 7 strikeouts. From the dish they had 9 hits and were 4-9 with runners in scoring position. Starling Marte hit a solo shot in the 7th for his first of the year. To start the season, the Marlins have a .239 team batting average with 9 home runs. Adam Duvall leads the team with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.

The Marlins called up southpaw Daniel Castano to start on Friday. In 2020 he pitched well, posting a 3.04 ERA out of the bullpen. During spring training, he was 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 14 strikeouts. This will be his first time facing this Giants lineup.

The Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 5-5 on the run line, and the under is 9-1.

The Marlins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7-3 on the run line, and the under is 4-4-2.

The Giants are one of the hottest teams in the league to start the season and have the clear edge on the mound in this one. Castano will be starting for the Marlins for the first time this season and will likely be on a short leash. The Marlins bullpen has underwhelmed, with a 5.03 ERA and 10 home runs allowed in 48.1 innings. On the flip side Desclafani has been great in his first two starts and will be backed by a bullpen that boasts a league best .163 batting average against to start the season. Give me the Giants to win.   

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Joe’s Pick San Francisco Giants -134

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