Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins 6/22/2023 – South Florida will be excited as the Pittsburgh Pirates visit Loan Depot Park in Miami for a highly anticipated showdown against the Florida Marlins. This marks the first meeting between the two teams this season, setting the stage for an exciting four-game series. The Pirates enter Thursday’s matchup in desperate need of a turnaround, as they find themselves five games below .500 and mired in a frustrating nine-game losing streak. The latest baseball betting odds predict that the Miami Marlins will win this matchup.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins 6/22/2023
|When:||Thursday, June 22, 6:40 PM EDT|
|Where:||Loan Depot Park.|
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The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a precarious position as they enter Thursday’s game against the Florida Marlins. With a disappointing five-game deficit below .500 and reeling from a frustrating nine-game losing streak, the Pirates are desperate for a much-needed victory. Their recent loss to the Chicago Cubs showcased their struggles. They faltered both on the mound and at the plate.
In their previous game, Rich Hill took the mound for Pittsburgh and endured a challenging outing, surrendering five runs on four hits over 5.2 innings of work, resulting in another loss for the team. Unfortunately, the bullpen didn’t fare any better, allowing three more runs on four hits in the final 3.1 innings of the game.
Pirates struggle at the plate.
Offensively, the Pirates had a forgettable performance, managing only two hits in thirty at-bats. Failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position, they left six men on base. Josh Palacios emerged as a lone bright spot for Pittsburgh, driving in one run on one hit in four at-bats. The Pirates scored their other two runs in the 7th inning, aided by a throwing error by the Cubs.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Pirates’ struggles have been evident over the past nine games, during which they have only scored 20 runs. Their offensive production has dipped, with a slash line of .211/.296/.340 and just 11 home runs in 418 at-bats. The pitching staff has also faced challenges, posting a 5.92 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, and allowing opponents to bat .277 over the past 13 games, resulting in a 2-11 record during that stretch.
Taking the mound for the Pirates on Thursday will be the 27-year-old right-hander Mitch Keller. With an 8-3 record, a 3.62 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and an impressive 108/26 K/BB ratio in 15 starts this season, Keller has been a solid presence for the team. However, his recent performances have been inconsistent, with a 6.14 ERA and a .837 opposing OPS over his last five starts. In his most recent outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, Keller suffered a loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits and three walks across five innings.
Players to watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B (GP 71, AB 274, R 33, H 70, 2B 15, 3B 5, HR 4, RBI 30, TB 107, BB 15, SO 56, SB 8, AVG 0.255, OBP 0.293, SLG 0.391, OPS 0.684, WAR 1.6, Bryan Reynolds LF (GP 68, AB 258, R 38, H 72, 2B 20, 3B 3, HR 8, RBI 40, TB 122, BB 28, SO 55, SB 8, AVG 0.279, OBP 0.35, SLG 0.473, OPS 0.823, WAR 1.6
On Thursday night, the Miami Marlins will look to regain their winning form as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. Despite their recent two-game skid, the Marlins maintain a solid nine-game advantage above .500, showcasing their overall success this season. With their eyes set on victory, they will rely on left-hander Braxton Garrett to lead them to success on the mound.
Garrett, sporting a 3-2 record and a 3.88 ERA, will make his 14th start of the year. He has faced challenges throughout the season, allowing 30 runs on 71 hits in just under 70 innings of work. However, Garrett’s recent performances have been promising, highlighted by a remarkable seven-start stretch where he posted a 2-0 record, an impressive 2.13 ERA, a 2.44 FIP, and a .543 opposing OPS. Last Saturday’s victory against the Washington Nationals showcased his dominant performance on the mound. He struck out eight batters in six innings, giving up just one earned run, four hits, and a walk.
Miami needs to get back on track.
While the Marlins’ offense has been a driving force behind their success this season, boasting a .260 batting average and scoring 300 runs while hitting 69 home runs, their recent defeat against the Toronto Blue Jays has highlighted the need to regroup and refocus.
Luis Arraez has been a standout performer, chasing the batting title with an impressive .398 average and leading the team with 105 hits. Brian De La Cruz has crossed the plate 30 times, and Jazz Chisholm Jr. leads the team with 14 stolen bases. Power hitter Jorge Soler has been a force in the Miami lineup, leading the team with 21 home runs and 45 RBIs.
Players to watch: Bryan De La Cruz LF (GP 71, AB 266, R 30, H 73, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 8, RBI 39, TB 112, BB 21, SO 74, SB 3, AVG 0.274, OBP 0.323, SLG 0.421, OPS 0.744, WAR 0.5, Luis Arraez 2B (GP 69, AB 264, R 31, H 105, 2B 15, 3B 1, HR 2, RBI 35, TB 128, BB 21, SO 15, SB 1, AVG 0.398, OBP 0.447, SLG 0.485, OPS 0.932, WAR 3
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins Betting Numbers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games.
Pittsburgh are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games.
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Miami.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games played in June.
Pittsburgh are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Miami.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.
Miami are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami’s last 6 games played on a Thursday.
Miami is 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home.
Miami is 4-8 SU in their last 12 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Miami’s last 20 games. They played against an opponent in the National League Central Division.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins Betting Picks
The Miami Marlins face the Pirates. They aim to bounce back from their recent defeat and reignite their winning ways. The home-field advantage and the reliable arm of Braxton Garrett provide a good foundation for success. According to the latest MLB betting stats, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in for a challenging game and will emerge as the losers.
Score Prediction: Marlins 8, Pirates 3.