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Sports Gambling - Marlins Look to Reel in Playoff Spot

Sports gambling handicappers continue to be amazed at the Florida Marlins and how they are able to consistently rank as one of the best values on the board.

Sports gambling fans love how time and again Florida remains a top shelf gambling in sports “dog stock” that outperforms expectations year after year. Despite again operating on a shoe string budget and with little fan support the Marlins put together yet another sports gambling season of profits as they finished 2009 with a record of 87-75 which was good for 2nd place in the National League East Division.

The Marlins were a viable contender for the sports gambling playoffs until the final week of the season.  Florida was a well balanced commodity for the 2009 campaign as they ranked 13th in both offensive run production and staff earned run average.

The Marlins were also a solid “over” ream in 2009 as just 70 out of their 162 online sports gambling matchups went under the total.  Right hand starting pitcher Josh Johnson was a big part of the Marlins success in 2009.

Johnson was 15-5 with a 3.23 earned run average as he struck out 191 batters in 209 innings of work with just 14 home runs allowed.  He will enter this year as the clear cut number one starter for Florida.  Another important member of the rotation is right hander Ricky Nolasco, who went 13-9 last year but with a high 5.06 earned run average.

Nolasco is a power pitcher that struck out 195 batters in 185 innings of work.  He allowed a whopping 23 home runs and will have to cut down on that number while lowering his earned run average to something similar to the 3.52 mark he achieved in 2008.  Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is the sparkplug of the lineup.

Last year Ramirez hit .342 with 24 home runs, 106 runs batted in, 101 runs scored, 42 doubles and 27 stolen bases to emerge as one of the premier infielders in the game.  Second baseman Dan Uggla had 31 home runs and 90 runs batted in last year.  It was his third consecutive season with at least 31 round trippers.

Florida has a solid nucleus that can keep them in the race all season and a good value on the board.