Pirates vs. Marlins Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins, 4/14/2018 Prediction & Odds

It'll be difficult for Jameson Taillon to top what he did in his last start but the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates are still a fantastic bet to beat the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m. ET Saturday night.

Game Snapshot & Odds

907 Pittsburgh Pirates at 908 Miami Marlins; 7.5 runs

Saturday, April 14, 2018

7:10 p.m. ET, Great American Ballpark

TV: ATTP (PIT); FSFL (MIA)

Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Pirates as a -170 favorite. As of this writing, 78% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Marlins on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Taillon spectacular as new ace for Pirates

Jameson Taillon is off to an incredible start as the new ace for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was sensational in his last start, throwing a complete game, one-hit shutout in a 5-0 Pirates' victory over the Reds. In that game, Taillon struck out seven and walked just one. It's now back-to-back incredible outings for the 26-year-old.

Quotable: "He was sharp. He was focused. He was committed," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was not tempted to pull Taillon at any point despite the fact that no Pittsburgh starter had lasted beyond six innings. "I just wanted to give him the opportunity to do it."

Richards off to a poor start for Marlins

After allowing five runs to the Red Sox in his season debut, Trevor Richards surrendered three runs on six hits in his second start last Sunday versus the Phillies. He walked three, struck out two and will need a good showing if he plans on keeping his spot in Miami's starting rotation.

Quotable: "More into my routine," Richards said of his April 8 appearance. "Not as much nerves. The first one was out of the way and I was able to settle a little bit. Came out shaky a little bit early but felt good as I went along."

MLB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are just 2-5 in their last seven games in Miami and have dropped 10 of their last 14 games versus the Marlins overall.

Miami

The Marlins are just 1-5 in their last six home games.

Prediction:

The Pirates are pricey but they're an outstanding bet today. Not only are they hot, they've also got their ace on the mound. In Taillon's last four starts, the Pirates are a perfect 4-0. They're also 5-1 in his last six road starts and are 6-0 in his last six outings versus the National League East.

The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -170

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