Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/9/14
Miami Marlins (43-46) at Arizona Diamondbacks (38-53)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm (Chase Field)
Nathan Eovaldi (R) (5-4) (3.914) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (6-5) (4.178)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -124 / Miami Marlins +114 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, FSN-AZ
The Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks play a rubber game on Wednesday afternoon.
The Marlins have won five of their eight games in July and pull within two games of a .500 record. The Marlins offense has been a little inconsistent as of late, especially in this series where they’ve scored just three runs and needed a last-second homerun to win Tuesday. Giancarlo Stanton has just one RBI in his last seven games, but Casey McGehee does have 15 hits in his last 10 games. The Marlins ERA is 3.92, 20th in the league. Nathan Eovaldi takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 112.2 innings. Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA in six career games against the Diamondbacks.
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The Diamondbacks have lost five of eight games in the month of July and are 16 games below .500. Although the D-Backs have an ERA of 4.31, they’ve actually improved recently by allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. It’s the Diamondbacks offense that can’t put the runs on the board. Paul Goldschmidt has an eight-game hitting streak and Martin Prado has matched that with an eight-game hitting streak of his own. Starting is Josh Collmenter, who is 7-5 with a 3.98 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. Collmenter is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two career games against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 2-5 in Eovaldis last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-6 in Eovaldis last 8 road starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in Collmenters last 7 home starts and 9-4 in Collmenters last 13 starts overall. The Marlins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona.
The Marlins are the better team in this matchup and did win in the most improbabale way Tuesday night, which should give them a boost heading into this game on short rest. I'll take the fish and the plus money.