The 25-42 Miami Marlins will look for a rare sweep on Wednesday, as they look give the San Francisco Giants some more issues. The Marlins added another win yesterday, with a 3-1 win on Tuesday. Trevor Richards was outstanding, earning himself his first win in the majors. This team was dealt a blow when Jose Fernandez passed away.
They went from having an elite All-Star to what now is an ugly looking rotation in Miami. Maybe Richards has a future with the Marlins, or perhaps the Marlins’ starter on Wednesday, Caleb Smith, has the inside track as the next ace in Miami. However, there are a lot of unknowns. Smith is already 26 years old so he’d likely need a quick turnaround. The veterans on this roster certainly aren’t aces. Dan Straily is a guy you would like to have as a middle of the rotation filler.
Richards was excellent in his outing last night, and Smith has been pretty solid throughout this year. He got two starts last season and it didn’t go so well. But Smith was a rookie, so it can happen and may not be a representation of things to come. He has looked really sharp at times, like in his last outing on the 8th against the Padres.
Smith has also looked like a rookie in some spots, but all in all, he’s shown a ton of improvement over his brief showing from 2017. At this point, the Marlins just want to see some positive signs from some guys. For the Giants, they’re hovering around .500 and will need a healthy and productive Madison Bumgarner to have a chance. Bumgarner just took a loss against the Marlins, which is not a good look. Since returning to the rotation, he owns a 4.76 ERA in two starts. We’ll see where that goes for a guy who carried the Giants to a World Series in 2014. Get our free Giants vs. Marlins pick by heading below.
San Francisco Giants vs. Miami Marlins Pick
Andrew Suarez (2-4, 5.06 ERA) vs. Caleb Smith (5-6, 3.70 ERA)
If Bumgarner isn’t going to completely recover from his injury and keep losing games to the likes of the Marlins, the road to finding the postseason is going to be difficult. Andrew Suarez will get the call for the Giants on the hump. He has been below average as a rookie, but again, you expect to find some learning experiences in a first-year. He’s gotten 9 starts, posting a 5.06 ERA thus far. Suarez is coming off a game against the Nationals where he allowed 6 hits and 4 runs in 4.1 innings. His work on the road has been less effective than at home. Suarez possesses an ERA of 6.75, with a 1.72 WHIP and .381 OBA away from the Bay Area.
Smith with counter with an overall ERA of 3.70. When he is pitching well he can be really good. In seven of his last ten starts, he has allowed 2 or less runs. In three of his last four outings, Smith has given up 1 or no runs, so he can be really good. It’s the bad days that have skewed his numbers up. 5 runs allowed against the D-Backs, 4 to the Dodgers, and 5 to the Yankees hurts his numbers. Nevertheless, there have been more better days than not for Caleb. The only less than ideal game he’s had at home was against the Dodgers. Otherwise, he has been solid with a 2.90 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in Miami. Smith didn’t allow a run against the Padres in his last outing at home. The Marlins have actually dominated the Giants over the last few years, as they are 8-2 over the Giants in their last ten meetings. At basically a pick, I like the Marlins to have something to get excited over, a sweep, in an otherwise dreadful year in Miami.