Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - 8/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (53-74) at Miami Marlins (66-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
C Richard (0-3) (5.13) vs. J Urena (2-3) (6.33)
The Line: Miami Marlins -168 / San Diego Padres +158 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Marlins face another must win game at home against the San Diego Padres on Saturday after the Fish got the best of the Friars 7-6 last night.
The Padres look to play spoiled in Miami on Saturday night as the home team continues their push for a playoff spot in the National League and while the Marlins got the win last night the Padres were certainly close and will be right in the mix again in this one. San Diego sold the farm pretty early on this season as they have moved on from some significant pieces as they look to the future but they have also stayed competitive throughout that process and while they won’t be going to the playoffs they aren’t a walk in the park. San Diego will send Clayton Richard to the mound here who is 0-3 with a 5.13 ERA and he will go up against Jose Urena who is 2-3 with a paltry 6.33 mark and hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being a top end pitching prospect so far.
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The Marlins meanwhile were dealt a serious blow when they lost Giancarlo Stanton for the season and many are writing them off as an also ran down the stretch as they simply don’t have the bats to keep afloat without him. However, they do have some very nice pieces led by Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna which is more than what some teams in the playoff hunt can say and if they can get some great pitching and clutch hits down the stretch they should be able to make things interesting and at least keep their name in the hat for the rest of the season.
San Diego is 2-9 in Richard’s last 11 starts, 1-4 in their last five overall, and 5-17 in their last 22 road games while the Marlins are 13-4 in their last 17 home games against a lefty, 17-7 in their last 24 against the NL West, and 5-2 in their last seven against a team with a winning road record. The Marlins need to keep winning these games against teams that have a losing record and while Urena hasn’t been great he should have enough to get them the win at home.