The Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks will open a new weekend series on Friday night. Will bettors cash the under when these clubs meet at 9:40 p.m. ET?
909 Miami Marlins at 910 Arizona Diamondbacks
Friday, June 1, 2018
TV: MIA (FSFL); ARI (FSAZ)
Public Betting Information & Odds
The Diamondbacks opened as -170 money line favorites at several online sports books. But their line dropped to -137 while the Marlins are now +127. The total, meanwhile, sits at 9 runs. As of this writing, 77% of betting tickets are on the Diamondbacks to beat the Marlins.
Marlins’ Hernandez goes five innings in loss to Nationals
Elieser Hernandez surrendered six hits and two runs over five innings Sunday in the Marlins’ loss to the Nationals. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone while throwing 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes. Hernandez allowed his first run in the fourth when he served up a solo home run to Anthony Rendon. He gave up another run the following inning on Stephen Strasburg’s RBI single to right field. The rookie from Venezuela doesn’t have a win yet but has pitched well over five appearances this year (three starts), contributing an impressive 2.50 ERA across 18 innings of work. He’ll grab another start Friday night in Arizona.
Diamondbacks’ Buchholz stuck with tough-luck loss to A’s
Clay Buchholz allowed just one run on two hits over six innings in Saturday’s tough-luck defeat at the hands of the A’s. Buchholz was sharp — if relatively toothless — in this one, striking out a modest three without issuing a walk. He was stuck with the loss nonetheless, as a solo home run by Matt Joyce in the first inning was all the fuel opposing starter Daniel Mengden needed. This was the veteran right-hander’s second major league start of the year. He’s surrendered just two runs on four hits across 11 frames of work in his two outings to date, with a 5/1 K/BB ratio in that space. He’ll next take the mound in a home date with the Marlins as he tries to continue his surprise renaissance.
The Marlins are 1-4 in their last five games versus the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks are 3-13 in their last 16 games versus a right-handed starter.
The pitching matchup would seem indicate that the over would be a great play but I think the total is too high here. Neither team has been good offensively, especially the Diamondbacks, who have one of the worst offenses in baseball this season. The under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams at Chase Field, which has become a pitcher’s park because of a) the Diamondbacks’ weak offense and b) because of the addition of the humidor.
Friday MLB Prediction: Marlins/Diamondbacks under 9