Rays vs Marlins Prediction - MLB Picks 8/30/23

Miami Marlins (66-65) vs Tampa Bay Rays (80-52)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 6:40 pm (loanDepot park)

Jesus Luzardo (9-8) (3.96) vs Zach Eflin (13-8) (3.55)

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins face off on Wednesday in an MLB showdown at Marlins Park. On Tuesday it was the Rays that were able to secure the 11-2 victory. 

Rays Gearing Up for Playoffs

The Rays seem to be getting ready for the playoffs and this is a series where they can continue that success. On Sunday against the Yankees the Rays offense scored seven runs and that was enough to secure the three run victory. Brandon Lowe finished with three hits and four RBIs. The Rays are averaging 5.33 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.02 runs per game. The offense is ranked 4th in the league while the pitching is ranked 2nd in the league. This is a team that is set up for the playoffs. On the mound for the Rays will be Zach Eflin who sits with a 13-8 record and an ERA of 3.55. In his last start against the Yankees he went six innings giving up seven hits and two runs. 

Marlins Fight for Playoff Life

On the other side of this matchup is the Marlins who are fighting for their playoff life, and every game really needs to be a win at this point of the season. Over the weekend th Marlins offense wasn’t good enough, and even in the one game they won the offense only managed two runs. The Marlins are averaging 4.01 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.38 runs per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league while the pitching is ranked 15th. On the mound for the Marlins will be Jesus Luzardo who sits with a 9-8 record and an ERA of 3.77.

Shane’s Free Pick

I don’t trust the Marlins offense and they are going to really struggle again in this game. Eflin sits with an ERA of 3.55 and in his last start he gave up only two runs. The Marlins won’t score more than two runs here, and that is going to be the difference here. The Rays are going to give Eflin enough run support to get the job done. Back the Rays on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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