Marlins at Reds MLB Predictions: The Miami Marlins (1-2) found its offense Saturday pounding out three home runs by Omar Infante, Hanley Ramirez and John Buck to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Miami has struggled at the plate its previous two games, managing one run on seven hits. The Marlins and Reds (1-1) play the rubber game of their three game set Sunday with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m. ET. Carlos Zambrano, who’s menaced the Reds when with the Cubs, makes his Miami debut this game. Countering for Cincinnati is veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
With Arroyo and Zambrano scheduled as starting pitchers, odds makers at online sports book TopBet.com lists the Reds as -125 MLB Odds favorites on the off shore money line with a combined score total of 9.0-runs. Cubs backers betting their luck on Zambrano collecting a win are getting +115 odds as underdogs.
After having a questionable 2011 season, Arroyo worked this spring on increasing his velocity so it will be interesting to see if he accomplished his goal as the Reds starter today. After going 17-10 in 2010, Arroyo slipped to 9-12 last season with an ERA of 5.07.
The unpredictable Zambrano is getting a fresh new start with the Marlins. He’s certainly familiar with the Reds, posting a 17-11 (3.28) career mark against them. Zambrano has won at least 10 games in seven of eight years.
MLB Picks – If Arroyo cleaned up his bad habits of 2011 and returns to his form of 2010 the Reds will be back into contention. If not, then Cincinnati will struggle. I believe he will be effective in this one. My Pick – Reds -125.
Game Pick – If Lee is on his game he’s tough to beat. I like the Phillies to win SU -164.
After four MLB picks this season, Reno Gold is 2-2 picking SU.
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