Dan Haren (4-2, 3.70 ERA) and Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 4.50 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (16-22) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-21) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 18 and can be seen on FSN-FL and FSN-AZ.
Haren is 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA in his appearances against the Diamondbacks, and goes up against a good Arizona offense which is batting .268 this season. Dee Gordon (.420, 21 Rs, 14 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Against the Marlins, De La Rosa is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and one strike out. Mark Trumbo (.282, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Miami is a -140 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Marlins have an overall money line of -572 and a record as the favorite of 8-10. Miami has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Marlins are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.1 per game.
In the other locker room, Arizona is coming in with an overall money line of -341 and a disappointing record of 9-14 as the underdog. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 10.0 hits per road game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 28 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Diamondbacks have the second-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Marlins have a bad 11-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when De La Rosa takes the mound. Haren (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have an 11-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 8-4, while Miami is 7-10.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Marlins are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 2-13. The Diamondbacks have a 3-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 24 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 33.
Arizona tops the league in hits with 9.51 per game this season. Miami ranks in the top five at fifth with 9.11.
Ranking 23rd, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.695). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .733.
The Diamondbacks are 7-16 when they allow at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-13 record.