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MLB Odds and Baseball Betting on Marlins vs. Mets

hillMLB Odds: It may be too little too late for a pennant push, but the New York Mets have won five of six as they wrap up a rare five-game series for MLB bettors with the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.

Clay Hensley (2-5, 5.40 ERA) gets the ball for Florida and he’s looking to stymie the Mets bats again. New York is just 7-for-43 (.163) off Hensley this year, scoring just twice in 12 innings. Making his Mets debut is 40-year-old Miguel Batista (3-2, 4.60 ERA), who will throw for his 11th different major-league team. He has been good against the Marlins in his long career, baseball betting pro notes, posting a 3.12 ERA in 69.1 innings. Despite a dreadful 25-41 home record, the Marlins are solid 35-34 (+8.2 Units) on the road this year. The Mets are also usually better away from Citifield, where they are a subpar 29-36 (-11.2 Units). Despite New York’s recent quality play, baseball betting experts expect FLORIDA, who is 31-19 (+9.5 Units) in their past three seasons against New York, to win on the road on Thursday night.

Hensley (2-3, 6.08 ERA in eight starts) got his first start of 2011 in New York on July 18 and threw five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in a 4-1 victory. Hensley got his second win of the season last Friday, holding the mighty Phillies to three runs and three hits in 5.2 innings of a 6-5 victory. Florida 2B Omar Infante is sad to see August end after batting .382 and slugging .618 for the month. He is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and at Citifield, he’s batting .420 with three homers in 88 career at-bats in the Mets’ young stadium.

Although Batista has pitched well versus Florida, he hasn’t started against the Marlins since 2003. Batista has actually made only two starts in the past three seasons, which includes facing one batter on April 22 before a lengthy rain delay. He threw five shutout innings in his lone 2010 start when he was with Washington. Online baseball wagering manager points out that David Wright has hit the Marlins well this year, recording three straight multi-hit games against them while batting .340 overall with 11 RBI in 12 meetings.