David Phelps (7-6, 2.28 ERA) gets the start for the Miami Marlins (66-61) as they meet Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.54 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (53-74) in the first of a three-game series at Marlins Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and will air on FSFL and FSSD.
In his last start, Phelps pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Padres were also victorious the last time Cosart pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. Wil Myers (.266, 81 Rs, 23 HRs, 73 RBIs, 22 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
Miami is a heavy -182 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is eight runs. The Marlins are 31-30 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +314. Miami's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.0 during that span, compared to its 4.1 season average. The Marlins are fourth in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.3 per game. An area where the Marlins are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.6 K's per game.
On the other side, the Padres have a subpar record of 39-67 when they are the underdog and are -325 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 3-7 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 1-7 record. San Diego is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 106 stolen bases.
In their previous three games this season, the Marlins have a 2-1 record. The Marlins will take on a right-hander (Cosart) in this game and have a 45-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the right-hander Phelps. They sport a 38-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA, O/U - Over
Miami recorded at least two errors for the 13th time this season.
The Marlins are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 23-44 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 11-55. The Marlins have a 9-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Miami has hit 106 this season. San Diego ranks 17th with 145 home runs.
Ranking 15th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.99 per game. Miami ranks in the top five at second with 9.34.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Miami ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .733.
The Padres are 27-54 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Marlins are 28-37 when they allow at least one homer.