2019-09-15 15:05:00 EDT
The Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants meet Sunday in MLB action at Oracle Park.
The Miami Marlins look for back-to-back wins for the first time since late July. The Marlins have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Miami Marlins have lost 10 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 155 hits and 78 RBI while Miguel Rojas and Brian Anderson have combined for 242 hits and 105 RBI. Elieser Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 5.24 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Giants have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The San Francisco Giants have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with 145 hits and 79 RBI while Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford have combined for 222 hits and 111 RBI. Johnny Cueto gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Cueto is 4-2 with a 5.09 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 6-16 in their last 22 Sunday games, 27-73 in their last 100 road games and 6-13 in Hernandez’s last 19 starts. The Giants are 18-40 in their last 58 during game 3 of a series, 6-2 in Cueto’s last 8 home starts and 9-4 in Cueto’s last 13 starts. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Francisco and 18-8 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 35-17-3 in Cueto’s last 55 starts overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Marlins last 5 road games.
Hernandez has allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in his last eight innings, and he has a 6.55 ERA and a .284 allowed batting average on the road. Cueto has pitched just five innings since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he was lights out, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out four. Even with the small sample size, the San Francisco Giants have a clear pitching advantage here and should win. I’d usually lay the RL to shave down an expensive ML, but both of these teams have issues scoring. So, I’d plug my nose and lay the juice if forced to pick here.