What is there left to be said about the Miami Marlins. A hopeful 2015 has turned into bitter disappointment. I noted in my first article back from the All-Star break that the Marlins might be a team to watch in the second half. They did nothing to bolster that claim in their immediate return from the break, getting beat by the lowly Phillies, and then losing a couple of more times to give the Phils a series sweep of the Marlins. Miami then followed it up by dropping the series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They avoided yet another loss by beating the DBacks last night, 3-0. This isn’t the type of season the Marlins had in mind, and even after that start, they still had the next half of the season to look forward to. There is still time, but the Marlins seem to be going backwards instead of forward. The return of Jose Fernandez is a welcome addition for the Marlins, however it may be too little too late. It might be a scenario where the Marlins should be looking ahead to next season. Fernandez gets the start tonight against Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks, a team that seems to be in flux as well.
A no doubter for us last night, as the Mariners came out swinging against Shane Greene, hammering him for 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The Tigers didn’t go away quietly, coming back to take the lead, but like I said, the bullpen for the Tigers wasn’t able to hold the Mariners down. And again, like I have said, the Tigers will score a bunch of runs if they allow a bucket of runs, but won’t do nothing if the pitching is on, and they only need a few runs to win. Same scenario played out again last night. We’re not going to complain about that, because it certainly worked in our favor, providing with an easy winner on the OVER 9. We look for more tonight in Arizona.
Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose Fernandez (2-0, 2.37 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (3-4, 2.29 ERA)
Speaking of the Tigers, Robbie Ray is a former Tiger product that has found a home in Arizona. After the Tigers’ patience with Ray went in the toilet, Ray came to Arizona without much expectations. With that said, Ray has been able to exceed expectations and be the best pitcher on the Diamondback staff. He enters tonight with a strong 2.29 ERA and has been playing pretty well recently as well, with a 2.89 ERA in his last three starts. I have a problem with Ray in this game, though. Usually being a left-handed pitcher is a good thing, but not against the Marlins. The Marlins are destroying lefties with a team batting average of .274.
In comes Jose Fernandez tonight for the Marlins, who appears to be responding well to his surgery. I think he is still shaking off the rust and there is room for improvement with Fernandez, but still, he has been quite good. Along with his 2.37 ERA, Fernandez owns an impressive 0.95 WHIP, just three games after not pitching in over a year. While the Marlins have been cold, so have the Diamondbacks, coming into tonight on a 1-7 run. Offense has been the problem. I want to take the Marlins, but not with Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon out. Not enough offense there for me. However, there is a pitcher I am confident with. Note that the Marlins and Diamondbacks have played to the UNDER in 16-5 in the last twenty-one times they’ve met up. Therefore, a play on the UNDER 7.5 looks pretty good tonight. A number I expected to be 7.
PICK: UNDER 7.5 RUNS (-110)