In the first of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (24-36) and the Colorado Rockies (24-36) at Marlins Park, David Phelps (2-3, 4.68 ERA) and Chris Rusin (2-0, 1.45 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 11 and will air on ROOT-RM and FSN-FL.
Phelps has a 10.24 ERA and a 0-1 record in his career against the Rockies, and is up against a strong Colorado offense that's hitting .275 on the year. Giancarlo Stanton (.246, 38 Rs, 21 HRs, 51 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Marlins, Rusin is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. DJ LeMahieu (.348, 28 Rs, 3 HRs, 29 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Miami is a -135 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Marlins perform poorly as a favorite with an 11-17 record and have an overall money line of -1,366. The Marlins are a stellar hitting team with 9.0 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .537 when playing as the underdog (22-19) and an overall money line of +22. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 6-2 record. Colorado has been playing better lately, averaging 5.8 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.6. Colorado is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 9.5 hits per contest.
The Marlins are 2-1 against the Rockies this season. The Marlins will take on a left-hander (Rusin) in this game and have a 7-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Phelps. They sport a 24-22 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
For the seventh time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Marlins play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Rockies are 1-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Marlins have a record of 8-14 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 18-11. The Rockies have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Miami has earned 229 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 263 runs.
Miami and Colorado both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Miami sits at 27th with 135 this season and Colorado ranks 29th with 126.
The Marlins are 14-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 24-16 when they hit at least one homer.