Jarred Cosart (13-11, 3.69 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (1-3) meet Chris Archer (0-1, 4.76 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (1-3) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 10-9 and Miami leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and will air on SunSports and FSN-FL.
Cosart takes the mound after pitching 180.1 innings last season, finishing 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 115 strikeouts. Dee Gordon (.353 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 3 for 5 with four runs and two stolen bases. In his pitching opportunities against the Marlins, Archer is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA, eight strikeouts and two walks. Kevin Kiermaier (.385 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Miami, a -127 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Marlins are in a tough position at the start of this season. It is winless when playing as the favorite, and has a subpar money line (-407). They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with four steals.
Tampa Bay has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 5.0 in the AL with second walks per game. The Rays are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 0.00 ERA on the road this season. They also average just 5.7 hits allowed per game, fourth-best in the AL.
So far this season, the Marlins are 1-0 against the Rays.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Rays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Marlins are 1-1. The Rays are 0-2 in close games this season.
The Marlins are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rays are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Tampa Bay batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Miami has a record of 1-1 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 1-1. The Rays have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Miami has earned 13 this season. Tampa Bay ranks sixth with 18 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Tampa Bay has earned 21 this season. Miami ranks fourth with 14 walks.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 0-2. When the Marlins allow one or more homers, they have a 1-1 record.