Texas Rangers at Miami Marlins 8/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/19/2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Marlins Park in Miami
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Wednesday afternoon, the Texas Rangers will take the field behind Nick Martinez (2 – 9, 5.27 ERA) as they square off against the Miami Marlins and Nathan Eovaldi (6 – 7, 3.96 ERA). It will be the 17th start and 22nd appearance for Martinez and the 26th start for Eovaldi.
Nick Martinez tasted defeat once again in his last outing. In the loss, Martinez allowed 4 runs and 6 hits (including a home run) in 6 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 6. Losing has become very common for Martinez and a look at his recent record tells the story. He is just 1 – 7 in his last 10 outings. Many rookies have a hard time adjusting to Major League hitters but Martinez seems to be having a rough go of it.
Martinez has never faced the Marlins before and a good scouting report might not be enough to get him through this start.
Nathan Eovaldi saw his record drop below .500 as he took the loss his last time out. In that start, Eovaldi gave up 4 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings as he walked a batter and struck out 4. Eovaldi has given up 3 or more runs six times in his last 10 starts en route to a 2 – 4 record in that span of time. Last season, Eovaldi posted a record of 4 – 6 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts.
In 2013, Eovaldi didn’t pitch against the Rangers and he has only seen 3 of the Texas hitters before. Mike Carp is 0 for 1 against Eovaldi, Prince Fielder is 1 for 5 and Kevin Kouzmanoff is 1 for 2 with 3 RBIs.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas Rangers are 56-60-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Texas Rangers is -1.1
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
Miami Marlins are 67-49-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Miami Marlins is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
08/13/14 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (8/10)
07/26/14 LF Jake Smolinski Foot 15-day DL (7/22)
06/11/14 P Tanner Scheppers Elbow 15-day DL (6/11)
06/10/14 1B Mitch Moreland Ankle 15-day DL (6/8)
06/04/14 P Alexi Ogando Elbow 60-day DL (6/3)
06/04/14 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (5/14), out for season
05/22/14 1B Prince Fielder Neck 60-day DL (5/17)
05/21/14 P Martin Perez Elbow 60-day DL (5/11)
04/25/14 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff Back 60-day DL (4/23); out for season
04/23/14 P Pedro Figueroa Elbow 60-day DL (4/23)
03/31/14 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder 60-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 RF Engel Beltre Leg 60-day DL (3/26)
08/07/14 P Dan Jennings Concussion 7-day DL (8/7)
07/18/14 P Kevin Gregg Elbow 15-day DL (7/14)
07/05/14 2B Derek Dietrich Wrist 15-day DL (7/2)
06/22/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (6/20), out for season
05/28/14 P Carter Capps Elbow 60-day DL (5/26)
05/13/14 P Jose Fernandez Elbow 15-day DL (5/10), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Miami
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