The Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros meet in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The Miami Marlins will look to complete the unlikely sweep of the Astros after a 5-1 win in Saturday’s game two. Going into Saturday’s matchup, Jesus Sanchez has 40 hits along with 3 triples, 8 home runs, 23 RBIs and a .230 batting average. Jazz Chisholm Jr. has 7 doubles and 4 triples as well as 12 home runs and 40 RBIs as well this season. Jorge Soler has 11 doubles with 12 home runs of his own and Garrett Cooper has 15 doubles while Brian Anderson has 9 doubles of his own and Joey Wendle has 6 doubles and a .284 batting average. Jesus Aguilar also has 49 hits of his own this season. Edward Cabrera will start here and is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season.
The Houston Astros will look to salvage something from the series after yet another defeat to the Marlins on Saturday. Heading into Saturday’s affair, Michael Brantley has 55 hits with a .293 batting average while Yuli Gurriel has a team-high 17 doubles and Alex Bregman has 43 hits with 12 doubles, 6 home runs and 28 RBIs. Yordan Alvarez has a team-high 17 home runs and 39 RBIs and Kyle Tucker has 11 home runs and 36 RBIs as well this season. Jeremy Pena also has a .276 batting average with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs of his own this season. Justin Verlander will start here and is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season.
Miami is 24-57 in their last 81 road games and 21-46 in their last 67 games as an underdog while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Houston is 14-5 in their last 19 home games and 25-11 in their last 36 games overall while the under is 25-9 in their last 34 games against a team with a losing record.
I am normally one to jump on Justin Verlander like white on rice when I see him on the mound, especially in interleague play, but the Astros haven’t been as dominant with JV on the bump as of late on the run line which is the only way to get value out of this bet. On the flipside, Miami’s got their own stud in Edward Cabrera here, but there’s always a concern if Miami’s offense can consistently show up to lift the starters. That’s why I’m looking at the under here. I could see this as a 4-3 or 3-2 kind of game, so give me the under here.
Chris Ruffolo’s Free Pick: