Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/14/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (51-67) at Miami Marlins (59-60)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Chase Anderson (R) (7-4) (3.063) vs. Brad Penny (R) (1-0) (1.800)
The Line: Miami Marlins -125 / Arizona Diamondbacks +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, FSN-AZ, FSN-FL
The Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks begin a four-game series Thursday at Marlins Park.
The Diamondbacks have lost five of their last eight games and are 15 games below .500. While the pitching hasn’t been great, the Diamondbacks offense has produced three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have lost seven of their last nine when scoring three or less runs. Mark Trumbo has a hit in eight of his last nine games and Miguel Montero has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.31, which is 25th in the majors. Chase Anderson gets the ball, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 79.1 innings. This is Anderson’s second career game against the Marlins.
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The Marlins have split their last 10 games and are two games below .500. The Marlins offense continues to struggle, producing three or less runs in 12 of their last 15 games. The Marlins have lost eight of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Christian Yelich has a hit in seven of his last nine games and Casey McGehee has 12 hits in his last seven games. The Marlins have an ERA of 3.86, which is 20th in all of baseball. Starting is Brad Penny, who is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and has three strikeouts in five innings. Penny is 10-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 23 career games against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in Andersons last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Andersons last 5 starts overall. The Marlins are 12-4 in Pennys last 16 home starts and 4-0 in Pennys last 4 starts vs. National League West. The Diamondbacks are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Miami.
The Marlins don't have much wiggle room and know they must take advantage of the weaker teams to have any shot of a playoff spot. Take the fish to bounce back and get the W here.