From interleague MLB play from Friday we select a total from the game between the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians. The Marlins and Indians will begin from Cleveland at 7PM Eastern Time and the MLB package will have the live national television broadcast. With our MLB best bet tonight we will play on the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians to play under the total of 8 runs. The over under from the MLB pick was courtesy of Top Bet sportsbook.
The odds opened up in this interleague contest with the home team Cleveland Indians favored by -118 odds with the road club Miami Marlins the underdog at +108 odds. The run over under is set at 8 runs. Money early has shown on the Indians as Cleveland is now lined as a-120 home favorite. The Marlins take back is now set at +110 odds. The total has held firm and not moved off the opener of 8 runs. Bettors playing the Cleveland Indians on the run line laying -1 ½ runs will get back +170 odds. Those who take the +1 ½ runs with the Miami Marlins on the run line will have to lay -185 odds for their wager.
Getting the start for the Miami Marlins on Friday will be big Carlos Zambrano. Big Z has been solid this season with an ERA of 1.88 and WHIP of just 1.04. Zambrano has been outstanding over his past three starts with an ERA of 0.39 and WHIP of 0.87. Low WHIP is very good as when you allow less than one base runner per inning you are not going to give up big innings and that explains the correlation between Low WHIP and LOW ERA and High WHIP and High ERA. Big Z has allowed just one earned run in his past 23 innings of work. The Marlins have been a very weak hitting team on the highway in the 2012 season as the club has hit just .214 and pushed across 3.3 runs per game. Another benefit in an under tonight is each lineup is not too familiar with today’s starters. Zambrano last faced Cleveland way back in 2006 and the Indians starter Justin Masterson faces the Miami Marlins lineup for the first time. So you expect very little offense early as each lineup will get their first look at each starting pitcher.
The Cleveland Indians will throw right hander Justin Masterson tonight against this weak hitting Miami Marlins club. Masterson has been solid in the 2012 season at home as the veteran sits with an ERA of 2.63 and WHIP of 1.17 in four starts with an average of 6 2/3rds inning pitched in each appearance. Cleveland has not hit much at home this season pushing across less than four runs a game and a team batting average of .236. In his last home start back on May 8th he allowed the Chicago White Sox just two earned runs working six innings. With Zambrano in good form and a weak hitting offense supporting him the play tonight is on the under at the sports book.