In the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (60-54) and the Chicago White Sox (54-60) at Marlins Park, Andrew Cashner (4-8, 4.96 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (2-8, 4.49 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and will air on CSCh and FSFL.
In his most recent outing, Cashner pitched 0.1 inning, allowing zero runs in an 8-7 loss to the Giants. Marcell Ozuna (.285, 60 Rs, 19 HRs, 59 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday. The White Sox were victorious the last time Rodon pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up two, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-2 victory over the Orioles. Melky Cabrera (.301, 47 Rs, 9 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Miami, a -149 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Marlins have a 29-26 record and overall money line at +310. They come into the game with concerning records of 1-3 as the favorite and 4-7 SU against the American League. Miami has averaged 5.5 runs per game during interleague play, higher than its season average of 4.3. The Marlins are a stellar hitting team with an NL-best 9.4 hits per game. As for the Miami defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Marlins, who allow only 3.8 runs per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a weak win percentage of .400 when playing as the underdog (24-36) and an overall money line of -618. When playing Teams in the National League, they have a 1-3 record as the favorite and 6-7 SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the White Sox haven't performed as well against teams from the NL. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.0 season average. The White Sox are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of four runs allowed per away game.
This game will feature Rodon (LHP) on the mound against the Marlins, who have a 10-3 home and 19-7 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Cashner will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 43-49 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA, O/U - Over
In their last game, the White Sox lost by a margin of one run. The Marlins are 15-13 in one-run games. The White Sox have a 19-22 record in close games.
The Marlins didn't score any runs in their last game. The White Sox have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 8-45. The Marlins have a 7-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Miami sits at 28th with 94 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 23rd with 114.
Ranking first in hits, Miami has earned 9.44 per game this season. Chicago ranks 10th with 8.55 hits.
Ranking 22nd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Miami ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .740.
The White Sox are 31-42 when they allow at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 25-33 record.