Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins
|Date & Time||Friday March 29, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies -147 / Miami Marlins +137 -- Over/Under: 7.5
The Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins meet Friday in MLB action at Marlins Park.
The Colorado Rockies needed just two innings to score all six of their runs and cruise to a rather routine opening day victory. The Rockies pitching staff didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning and their ace Kyle Freeland gave them seven impressive innings. While it is just one game, the Rockies couldn’t have played it any better. The Colorado Rockies have a chance to start a season 2-0 for the second time in the last three years. David Dahl leads the Rockies with three hits and one RBI while Chris Iannetta and Ian Desmond have combined for three hits and two RBI. German Marquez gets the ball, and he was 14-11 with a 3.77 ERA and 230 strikeouts last season. Marquez is 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins pitching staff put up seven scoreless innings out of nine, but the lack of offense continues to be an issue. Runs aren’t easy to come by for the Marlins, and that’s an issue that’s likely not going away anytime soon until some of these young players get comfortable on the big league level. The Miami Marlins hope to avoid their fourth 0-2 start for the fourth time in the last five years. Neil Walker leads the Marlins with one hit and one RBI while Starlin Castro and JT Riddle have combined for two hits and one RBI. Trevor Richards gets the ball, and he was 4-9 with a 4.42 ERA and 130 strikeouts last season. This will be Richards’ second career game against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 20-8 in their last 28 vs. National League East, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games. The Marlins are 1-7 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series, 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games and 3-7 in Richards' last 10 starts. The Rockies are 8-21 in the last 29 meetings in Miami and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 18-6-2 in Marlins last 26 home games. The under is 10-3-1 in Marquezs last 14 starts overall.
Richards actually was pretty solid at home last year, which includes a .229 allowed batting average and it's where three of his four career wins came. The problem is the Marlins don't have a lineup that produces runs easily, and they're going up against a talented Rockies order that can put up a crooked inning at any point. Marquez was actually a highly impressive pitcher on the road last season, which included a 2.95 ERA and a .203 allowed batting average. I have to back the Rockies to beat the Marlins yet again.