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Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/15/14

Arizona Diamondbacks (52-69) at Miami Marlins (60-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Trevor Cahill (R) (1-6) (5.785) vs. Brad Hand (L) (2-4) (4.668)

The Line: Miami Marlins -133 / Arizona Diamondbacks +123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, FSFL

The Diamondbacks visit the Marlins for game two of their four game series at Marlins Park in Miami.

The Arizona Diamondbacks grabbed an early 3-0 lead on Thursday night as Mark Trumbo and David Peralta paced the offense, but the DBacks couldn’t hold the lead as Brad Zeigler allowed the game tying run in the eighth inning and Bradin Hagens took the loss in the 10th inning in a 5-4 loss.  Starter Chase Anderson allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings of work to not factor in the decision after exiting the sixth inning with the lead.  The Dbacks are building towards the future right now and giving playing time to a lot of young talent with Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy shipped to the Yankees and slugger Paul Goldschmidt out with a broken hand.

Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/15/14

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Trevor Cahill gets the ball for the Diamondbacks on Friday night in hopes of continuing his recent improvement after a rough start to the year.  After being signed for nearly $8 million in 2014, Cahill had a horrendous start to the year, improved slightly in a reliever’s role, and eventually agreed to take a trip to the minors before re-emerging after the All-Star break in a starter’s role.  In two August starts, Cahill has been solid with a 1.93 ERA while lasting seven innings in consecutive home games against the Pirates and Rockies.  For the season though Cahill has a WHIP of 1.52 and ERA of 4.86 to go along with an ugly 2-8 record.  The 26 year old righty has yet to face the Marlins this year.

The Miami Marlins climbed back to a game below .500 in last night’s come-from-behind win as they continue their wildcard chase in the National League.  On Thursday night Brad Penny wasn’t at his best allowing four runs on five hits over five innings of work, but the Marlins didn’t quit while pounding out 13 hits on the night.  Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna all had multiple hits, and Ozuna hit the walk off double to cap the effort. 

Brad Hand will make the start for the Marlins on Friday night looking to rebound from a tough outing in Cincinnati in his last start where he allowed seven runs on five hits while lasting just 4.2 innings.  The 24 year old lefty had been showing improvement of late prior to that outing though, with an ERA of 2.72 across seven starts since July 3rd.   For the season including both starts and bullpen work, Hand has a WHIP of 1.44 and ERA of 4.65 with a record of 2-4.   Hand was sharp in a road start against the DBacks on July 8th, allowing just one run on eight hits over 6.1 innings of work. 

The Marlins have just been gutting out wins of late so I like their chances to reach the psychological goal of getting back to .500 on Friday night in front of their home fans.  

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Miami Marlins -133 (1 unit)

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