Miami Marlins (16-16) at Tampa Bay Rays (26-12)

Friday, September 04, 2020 at 6:40 pm

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At 6:40 pm, our selection is on the Miami Marlins over the Tampa Bay Rays.  With a .500 record, the NL East Pennant is actually within reach of the Marlins, which would explain their deadline trade that resulted in a significant outfield upgrade.  The Fish shipped a pair of talented young pitchers to Arizona for 5-tool-OF Starling Marte.  No doubt the main reason Miami felt okay dealing Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia to the desert was the fact its pitching staff is loaded with young talent.  Case in point is tonight's starter, RH Pablo Lopez.  The 24-year-old Venezuelan is in his third MLB season and he appears to be breaking out in a big way.  In six starts covering 34 1/3 innings, Lopez is 3-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.  This is a revenge situation for the Marlins and Lopez as, in his last start, he threw seven very strong innings against this Rays team, allowing just two runs on six hits with five Ks and no walks.  But his offense came up empty in a 4-0 loss.  The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings of these two.  Take Miami.

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Al’s Pick Miami Marlins: +117

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