Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Friday in Miami as they begin their weekend series. The Diamondbacks are -146 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Miami Marlins season appears to be nearly over before we even reach June as they have they worst record in baseball and have dug themselves a hole in the standings. The Marlins have lost five games in a row, are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 3-14 at home this season, and they are 11.5 games back in the NL East standings. As a team the marlins are hitting .224 with Juan Pierre hitting .239, Placido Polanco hitting .236, and Justin Ruggiano hitting .216. The Marlins opponents are hitting .261 and the Miami pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10. For game one against the D-Backs the Marlins start Kevin Slowey who is coming off of his worst outing of the season. For the year Slowey has allowed 45 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 36 over 49.1 innings for a 1-3 record and a 2.55 ERA.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are right in the thick of the race in the NL West and they are hoping to keep their strong play going this weekend. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 11-7 on the road this season, and they are a game behind the Giants in the NL West standings. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .252 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .322, Gerardo Parra hitting .319, and A.J. Pollock hitting .250. The Diamondbacks opponents are hitting .254 and the Arizona pitching staff has a ERA of 3.49. For game one in Miami the Diamondbacks start Trevor Cahill who has won two of his last three decisions. For the season Cahill has allowed 39 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 39 over 50 innings for a 2-4 record and a 2.70 ERA.
Miami is 24-55 in their last 79 games as a home underdog, 14-40 in their last 54 games overall, and 1-5 in their last six against the NL West. Arizona is 4-1 in their last five road games, 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite, and 3-8 in Cahill’s last 11 starts against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 6-1 in their last seven games in Miami.
Slowey has pitched well for Miami but the Marlins just don’t have much punch this season and with Arizona playing well and winning games look for them to win here as well.
Arizona Diamondbacks -146 Miami Marlins