Miami Marlins vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/19/14
Seattle Mariners (7-8) at Miami Marlins (6-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Roenis Elias (L) (1-1) (2.160) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (0-2) (4.294)
The Line: Miami Marlins -108 / Seattle Mariners -102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-FL
The Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins will play game two on Saturday night. The Marlins won Friday’s game 8-4 thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Giancarlo Santon.
After starting the season strong, the Mariners have now lost four straight and six of their last seven games. A lot of these losses are due to a lack of offense, as the Mariners have scored two or less runs in four of their last seven games. However, the Mariners have allowed eight runs in each of their last two games. Roenis Elias will get the nod on Saturday, and he’s 1-1 this season with an ERA of 2.16. Elias has 10 strikeouts in 16.2 innings, and this will be his first career start against the Marlins.
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The Marlins have won two of their last three games and their offense is back to hitting the ball well. The Marlins have scored a combined 22 runs in their last three games, while Stanton was 3-3 in Friday’s win. Henderson Alvarez could use the run support when he takes the mound, as he’s 0-2 on the season with a 4.30 ERA and is coming off a start where he allowed six runs. Alvarez has seven walks and 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Alvarez is also 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League East and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Marlins are 7-0 in their last 7 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
I guess this is the time to jump back on the Marlins bandwagon. The Marlins continue to play well at home and have refound their confidence a bit after winning two of their last three games. The Mariners lack of offense continues to scare me away, which is why I'll take the home team in the fish.