Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - 4/5/14
San Diego Padres (1-2) at Miami Marlins (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Andrew Cashner (R) (0-0) (1.500) vs. Jose Fernandez (R) (1-0) (1.500)
The Line: Miami Marlins -150 / San Diego Padres +140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, FSN-FL
The San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins will play game 2 of their three-game series on Saturday. The Marlins won game 1, 8-2, improving their record to 4-1 on the season. The Padres drop to 1-3 on the year.
The Padres continue to struggle putting runs on the board, as they’ve now scored two or less runs in three straight games. There’s simply not enough bats in this lineup to scare any starting pitching rotation. In game 2, Andrew Cashner hopes to keep the Padres in the game by pitching how he did in his first start of the season. In Cashner’s season debut against the Dodgers, he lasted six innings and allowed four hits and one run. Cashner is 1-1 in his career against the Marlins with a 2.87 ERA.
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It’s no question the Marlins are off to a fast start and will be happy that Jose Fernandez will make his second start of the season. Fernandez was terrific on opening day against the Rockies, allowing just five hits and one run, while striking out nine batters in six innings. In Fernandez’s only career start against the Padres, he allowed just two hits and no runs in eight innings. The Marlins batting lineup is also getting the job done, scoring 16 combined runs in their last two games.
The Padres are 5-2 in Cashners last 7 starts with 5 days of rest and 2-5 in Cashners last 7 starts as an underdog. The Marlins are 8-0 in Fernandezs last 8 starts as a favorite and 14-2 in Fernandezs last 16 home starts. The Padres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Until further notice, anytime Fernandez is pitching for the Marlins, just throw a good amount of money on the fish. Fernandez is that good and should have no problem shutting down a San Diego offense that already has issues putting runs on the board.