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Pick on the Moneyline for Saturday’s Marlins-Pirates game

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Saturday’s Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates game.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look for their first post-All Star break win on Saturday as the play host to the Miami Marlins and turn to Jose Quintana, who has been the subject of many trade rumors with the trade deadline rapidly approaching.

Miami Marlins (-115, 8.5) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Quintana’s best work has come at home, where he’s posted a 3.02 ERA compared to his 5.22 ERA on the road. He’s also posting nine strikeouts per nine innings at home versus 6.8 on the road.

The Marlins offense comes in struggling, having scored three runs or fewer in 12 of their last 16 games. They will need a big start from Max Meyer, who is making his second career MLB start.

Meyer gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first career start vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, which turned out to be a 10-0 loss, and had a 3-4 record with a 3.72 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Jacksonville this season.

Both teams rank in the bottom half of the league in bullpen ERA, making length from each starter important. Quintana has pitched at least five innings in five of his last seven starts, and one of the starts he failed to go five innings was due to a long rain delay vs. the Detroit Tigers.

The Pirates and Marlins split their four-game set earlier this month, and with the Marlins and Pirates both having a difficult time scoring runs and getting good bullpen pitching, the starting pitching edge will help the Pirates even up this series.

The Play: Pirates -105

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