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The New York Mets (61-37) travel to LoanDepot Park to take on the Miami Marlins (47-52) in the first matchup of their three-game series on Friday night. The Mets are sitting in first place in the NL East standings. On the flip side, Miami is fighting to climb the standings, as the Marlins are currently in fourth place. Ace Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.81 ERA) is on the mound for Miami. Chris Bassitt (7-7, 3.72 ERA) will be starting for New York.

First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the -120 money-line favorite (risk $120 to win $100) in the latest Mets vs. Marlins odds, while Miami is the +100 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 6.5. Before locking in any Marlins vs. Mets picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, and it is 284-243 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season, returning over $400 for $100 players. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves at 10-1 as one of three best bets to win it all last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Mets vs. Marlins and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Marlins vs. Mets:

  • Mets vs. Marlins money line: New York -120, Miami +100
  • Mets vs. Marlins run line: New York -1.5 (+150)
  • Mets vs. Marlins over-under: 6.5 runs
  • NYM: Mets are 5-1 in their last six games following a win
  • MIA: Under is 5-1 in Marlins' last six games following a win
  • Mets vs. Marlins picks: See picks at SportsLine 
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Why you should back the Mets

Shortstop Francisco Lindor has been a reliable playmaker, only missing one game thus far. Lindor is a rangy defender with outstanding instincts. The four-time All-Star possesses the bat speed to quickly spray a pitch into the gaps with ease. Lindor is tied for seventh in the league in RBIs (67) along with 16 dingers. He's recorded a hit in 15 of his last 16 games.

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar is an exceptional defender with an accurate throwing arm. Escobar rarely makes mistakes in the corner. The 33-year-old has showcased his ability to smash home runs and extra-base hits. Escobar currently has 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. In his last game, he logged a double and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. 

Why you should back the Marlins 

Alcantara is good enough to keep Miami in any game. First baseman Jesus Aguilar, meanwhile, is a smooth offensive option for the Marlins. Aguilar makes solid contact and excels in run production. The 32-year-old has displayed his patience at the dish with his sure hands. Aguilar's batting average is .251 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs. On July 28, he went 3-for-4 with a home run and four total runs were driven in.

Infielder Miguel Rojas is a great defender with soft hands and solid range. Rojas owns the arm strength to deliver darts across the diamond with good velocity. Additionally, the 33-year-old has sound pitch recognition skills with a line-drive swing. Rojas is hitting .242 with six dingers and 24 RBIs. 

How to make Marlins vs. Mets picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting eight combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Mets vs. Marlins? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.