Justin Nicolino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Patrick Corbin (1-3, 4.88 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (12-12) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (12-15) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and can be seen on FSAZ and FSFL.
Nicolino pitched 7.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking two in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers. Giancarlo Stanton (.253, 12 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one RBI. Corbin went 5.2 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking five in an 11-4 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing. Brandon Drury (.315, 10 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 5 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
This is just the second start of the season for Nicolino. Corbin has had some command troubles so far this season in his first full year after returning for half of the season last year. He missed most of the 2014 season with Tommy John surgery. The Marlins had a very successful road trip with a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and then took a series from the Milwaukee Brewers. Dee Gordon remains out as he serves the 80-game suspension he received for taking banned performance enhancing drugs.
The Marlins are a slight home favorite between -110 and -115 throughout the betting market and the total is 8.
Pick - Miami
The Marlins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Diamondbacks have a record of 3-2 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When outhit, both the Marlins and the Diamondbacks have records of 0-9.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Miami has hit 22 this season. Arizona ranks second with 38 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half with 79.
The Marlins are 9-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 10-11 when they hit at least one homer.