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Giants Hope to Take Advantage of Series with Lowly Marlins

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/22/2013 1:39:03 AM

Although the San Francisco Giants aren't performing as you'd expect the defending world champions to, they currently has a 37-34 record and are just one and a half games behind the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks. In a division that was once considered one of the worst in the majors, it now has five teams all vying for a playoff spot and the Giants are holding their own.

San Francisco Giants @ Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins on the other hand are performing just as sports books expected them to after they traded away most of their star players in the off-season. Now they are left with just one dangerous hitter in Giancarlo Stanton, who is struggling so far this season with a .264 batting average and just seven home runs in 29 games played, meaning the Marlins once again will need to rely on starting pitching to stay in the game.

MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants

The Giants have famously leaned on their pitching in the past to make them successful, and nothing drastic has changed this season as their rotation is still the strongest part of their team. Starting on the mound in this game will be veteran Barry Zito who has had an up and down season so far which has lead to his high 4.67 ERA. The good news for Zito however is that he can improve his ERA and 4-5 record against the Marlins who rank as one of the worst offenses in the league. The hitting for the Giants will be a little depleted this game as Pablo Sandoval is just beginning to make rehab starts in the minors and won't be in the majors until early next week when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB Betting Preview: Miami Marlins

Although this season has been tough for the Marlins thus far, there are plenty of things to like on the roster such as starting pitcher Jacob Turner. Turner is just one of a few young pitchers making an impact for the Marlins this year and his 2.16 ERA through four starts indicates he will likely stay in the big leagues. As for the offense backing up Turner, it is nearly non-existent as the Marlins have focused mainly on pitching in the minors and have very few young offensive stars for sports gamblers to watch. Besides Stanton, the lone offensive stud is Logan Morrison who through six games holds a .333 batting average, and only time will tell if he can keep up his solid hitting.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

They play the games for a reason and that is because no matter what the match-up looks like on paper there are always upsets which means you can't count the Marlins out of this game. However, the Giants do hold a solid advantage over them in the hitting department, and they also boast the toughest lineup that Turner will have faced so far this season, which is why they are my sports betting pick for this game.

MLB Pick: Giants -1.5

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