Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - 7/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (48-53) at Miami Marlins (42-60)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
I Kennedy (6-9) (4.58) vs. D Phelps (4-7) (3.86)
The Line: Miami Marlins -120 / San Diego Padres +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, FS-San Diego
The San Diego Padres head to the Sunshine State to begin a series with the Miami Marlins.
The San Diego Padres have time to make a run in the National League West but they are playing sub .500 baseball and the odds seem to be stacked against them. The Padres closer to .500 with Thursday’s 8-7 defeat of the Mets at Citi Field. Starter Andrew Cashner was hit hard with all seven runs plated (five earned) on six hits including a pair of homers over 5.1 frames. The offense logged 13 hits and walked twice with Derek Norris swinging the big bat with a 4-4 afternoon and a 7th inning grand slam while Justin Upton clubbed a three run jack in the 9th. Ian Kennedy draws the series opening start at Miami on Friday night. Kennedy has won back to back contests with a combined three runs allowed on 13 hits and two BB in 12 innings pitched.
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The Miami Marlins lone goal is to stay out of the National League East basement which basically means beating out the Phillies. The Marlins took a step in the wrong direction with a 1-0 defeat to visiting Washington for their 5th loss in seven contests. The offense never got untracked and in the process an outstanding performance on the mound went for naught. Dan Haren fell to 7-7 with Ryan Zimmerman smacking a solo homer in six innings accounting for the only run of the game. The Fish managed three hits and walked three times with Christian Yelich going 2-3. With Mat Latos getting traded, David Phelps appears to be Thursday’s starter. In 2015 Phelps is 4-7 with a 3.86 ERA over 20 appearances including 16 starts.
The under is 8-2-1 in San Diego’s last 11 road games while the Padres are 3-7 in their last 10 road games with the under going 8-0 in Kennedy’s last 8 on grass. Miami are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and the under is 6-2 in the Marlins last 8 Friday games. I’m just going with the hotter team who still has playoff hopes…