Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - 4/4/14
San Diego Padres (1-2) at Miami Marlins (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Eric Stults (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / San Diego Padres -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, FSN-FL
The San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins will begin a three-game series on Friday night. The first game will include a pitching matchup between Eric Stults and Tom Koehler.
The Padres lost their first series 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, mainly because the offense is having a hard time scoring runs. The Padres scored just six runs in the first three games and struck out 27 times. The pitching, however, has been decent and Stults hopes to keep that up for San Diego. Stults finished last season with an 11-13 record and an ERA of 3.93. Stults was pretty good at home last season, but struggled on the road with a 5-9 record and 4.77 ERA. Last season, Stults was 1-1 against the Marlins, allowing seven runs in 10 innings pitched.
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Don’t look now, but the Marlins are 3-1 on the season after beating up the Colorado Rockies in a four-game series. The Marlins have scored five or more runs in three of their first four games and the starting pitching has allowed just 11 earned runs. Koehler hopes to keep the ball rolling, as he finished last season 5-10 with an ERA of 4.41. While those numbers aren’t great, Koehler allowed just 10 earned runs in his final 28.2 innings pitched. Koehler has pitched just two inning sin his career against the Padres.
The Padres are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 8-2 in Stults' last 10 starts vs. National League East. The Marlins are 6-2 in Koehlers last 8 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 5-0 in their last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Padres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Until the Padres wake up out of their offensive funk, I’ll continue to fade them. Not to mention that the Marlins don’t look anything like the team from last season and are getting terrific production out of both the bats and the pitching. The Marlins are playing with a certain type of confidence we didn’t see a year ago.
Will it last?
Who knows, but I’ll back the Marlins once again until they start to cool off.