Who would have thought that the Miami Marlins, with one of the worst road records in baseball, would be carrying a three-game winning streak as the visitor, even without the likes of Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup? It is considerably less surprising, at least by now, that the San Diego Padres could be losers of three games in a row. These teams meet in a Friday game (second in a four-game series) that is slated to begin at 10:10 PM ET at Petco Park. Baseball betting action continues even after the first pitch is thrown, as Vietbet customers access the Live Betting Extra feature.
The Padres (44-52, 4th place in the NL West) and Marlins (41-55, 4th place in the NL East) are in "sell" mode as the trade deadline approaches, and two of the names that are being prominently mentioned happen to be the guys taking the hill on Friday. Andrew Cashner (3-10, 4.10 ERA) gets the call for the Padres, while Dan Haren (7-5, 3.46) is the guy on the hill for the Fish.
Although one can argue that they both would have a certain value for a team that needs a starter, both of them give up a little too many gopher balls, even though they perform in "pitchers' parks." And both might welcome a chance in scenery, particularly Cashner, who would certainly have a better record for a team that could score runs. The Padres were shut out 4-0 by the Marlins on Thursday, as Miami moved its road record to 17-32.
In the baseball betting odds posted on this game by the folks at Vietbet, Cashner and the Padres are laying a price:
San Diego Padres (Cashner) -125
Miami Marlins (Haren) +115
Over 6.5 runs -115
Under 6.5 runs -105
Cashner, in his last two starts, has allowed only six hits in 13-2/3 innings. But he has come up empty in those games, as the Padres totaled just four runs. His history against the Marlins does not include any starting assignments this year, but he has a 1.86 ERA over the three times he has faced them, beginning with seven shutout innings in May 2013. He hasn't taken the mound since July 8, as his Sunday start against Colorado got rained out. Well, at least he didn't lose on that day; he is threatening to tie the major league lead in losses if he goes down to defeat on Friday. The last eight times he's taken the mound, his ERA is a bloated 5.59.
Yet there appear to be plenty of people who are interested in picking him up before the trade deadline. Recently the rumors have been hot about a deal with the Houston Astros, who just acquired Scott Kazmir (who is pitching Friday night) and may not be done.
Haren, as some Vietbet customers may recall, didn't even want to go to Miami after he was traded there by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In fact, he was talking about retirement. But he not only went to the Marlins, he has become one of their most reliable people. He'll be looking to bounce back form a disappointing showing against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, in which he gave up five earned runs in six innings.
He is potentially a piece the Marlins have that can be moved, and there are a few clubs they have been talking to. He is not part of a long-term picture in Miami, and despite his record he has given up an alarming number of homers - 17 in 117 innings. In the way of perspective, Tyson Ross, who got the start for the Padres last night, had given up just three homers in 117 innings going into the action. Like Ross, Haren can sue for non-support, as he has had an average of 3.5 runs scored for him in his last eight starts, only one of which resulted in a victory.
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