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The Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds meet in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Thursday.
The Miami Marlins will look to rebound after a 5-3 loss to the Reds in Wednesday’s matchup. Jesus Sanchez has 58 hits along with 3 triples, 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and a .204 batting average. Jorge Soler has 13 doubles with 13 home runs of his own and Garrett Cooper has 83 hits, a .279 batting average and 21 doubles while Jesus Aguilar also has 83 hits of his own this season. The Miami Marlins did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time that this article was posted.
The Cincinnati Reds will hope to build on their win over the Marlins from Wednesday’s game. Tommy Pham has 78 hits with a .240 batting average while Brandon Drury has a team-high 19 home runs and 57 RBIs with 20 doubles as well. Tyler Naquin has 12 doubles and Kyle Farmer also has 20 doubles and 49 RBIs while Joey Votto has 17 doubles with 8 home runs and 34 RBIs. Graham Ashcraft will get the start for the Reds in this one and is 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season.
Miami is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 10-5 in their last 15 road games. Cincinnati is 4-2 in their last 6 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I get the case to be made for the Marlins here, as Ashcraft hasn’t been the sharpest in his last couple of home appearances, but the reality here is that the Marlins don’t score enough to make the Reds pay for those mistakes. Cincinnati came alive in Wednesday’s affair and I think the Reds close out the series with a win in Thursday’s finale. Give me the Reds in this one.