San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/9/14
Miami Marlins (20-15) at San Diego Padres (15-21)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Jose Fernandez (R) (4-1) (1.736) vs. Tyson Ross (R) (3-3) (3.298)
The Line: San Diego Padres +121 / Miami Marlins -131 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, San Diego
The Miami Marlins look to keep the wins rolling in when they face the San Diego Padres Saturday.
You might have to do a double take when you read the standings because Miami's name atop the National League East is not a misprint. The Marlins have been playing the best baseball of any team in the division and the reward has been just one loss in two weeks and first place. The Fish squeezed out a 3-1, eleven inning decision at Petco Park in the series opener behind another solid effort on the mound. Jacob Turner was fantastic in his second start of 2014 with a run plated on five hits through six frames with four relievers putting up zeros. Derek Dietrich singled in a run while Giancarlo Stanton won it with a two run homer in the 10th. Ace Jose Fernandez toes the rubber looking to continue his solid work on the mound versus San Diego. Fernandez has gone 4-1 in 2014 with a 1.74 ERA covering 46.2 innings in seven starts.
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San Diego's issues are well documented and they revolve around a struggling offense that is not producing consistent scoring. You will hear this more then once in 2014 and it played a part in a series opening 3-1 loss to visiting Miami that saddled the team with defeats in seven of ten. In the process a very good performance on the mound from Ian Kennedy went by the wayside. Kennedy was superb with one run allowed on four hits while striking out 12 in seven frames. That was a no decision with the bats totaling seven hits with Kennedy supplying the offense with a solo jack in the second. Tyson Ross will be on the bump Saturday looking to contain the bats of the surging Marlins. Ross rebounded from a pair of poor performances in a 4-3 decision over Arizona in which he allowed three runs (one earned) in seven frames.
Not much to say here except Miami has Fernandez going which is probably all that needs to be said. Ross is a capable pitcher that can't be overlooked but Fernandez on the cheap is too good to pass up...