MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins – July 27, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Marlins Park in Miami, FL
Date + Time (ET): Saturday, July 27, 2019
Moneyline: Arizona Diamondbacks -115
Over/Under Total: 8
The Arizona Diamondbacks are clinging to playoff hope as they head to South Beach for a three game series against the Miami Marlins this weekend.
Things did not go well for the Diamondbacks in the series opener, as they blew a lead in a 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Miami will spend the final two months of the season trying to play the spoiler role in building for the future.
The loss on Friday night dropped the Diamondbacks record to 52-52 on the season. Arizona doesn’t have a chance to win the NL West Division, but they still have a small chance at a Wild Card berth.
Miami improved to 39-62 with the series opening win, but this is another lost season for the Marlins. Miami will finish in last place in the NL East again this season. Arizona is -115 over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Yamamoto Makes Start For Miami
The Miami Marlins will have a rookie starting pitcher on the mound in this game, and he looks to be the future ace in South Beach. Jordan Yamamoto is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, and he has pitched well for the Marlins Yamamoto is 4-1 with a 2.61 earned run average this season, but did get roughed up in his most recent start.
In a year full of disappointment for the Marlins, Yamamoto gives the franchise hope for the future in his powerful right arm.
The Marlins don’t have a ton going for them on offense, and they have very little power in their everyday lineup. Miami has hit just 81 home runs this season, which is well below league average.
Brian Anderson leads the team with just 13 home runs and 46 runs batted in, which would be middle of the pack for most teams. The Marlins play well in low-scoring games, but they can’t win a slugfest.
Marte Having Career Year For Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks don’t have a very scary offense either, but they do have an All Star having a career year. Second baseman Ketel Marte is leading the team with a .321 batting average and has also hit a career high 22 home runs. Eduardo Escobar has also hit 22 bombs this season and leads the team with 79 runs batted in. Arizona will need to score more than two runs in this game to win it.
Arizona will also have a rookie starting pitcher on the mound in this game, and he has pitched well in his young career. Left hander Alex Young will be making just his fifth career start in this game, and has given the Diamondbacks solid pitching in all of his outings.
Young is 3-0 with a 2.38 earned run average this season, but is still looking to pitch more than 6.0 innings for the first time this season. Facing the bad Marlins offense should give Young a chance to settle in.
Arizona Wins Game Two of the Series Over Marlins
The Diamondbacks probably should have won the series opener, but their bullpen let them down. Arizona can’t afford to lose any more games to the lowly Marlins, and they will respond in game two of the series. The Diamondbacks offense will get enough runs to win this one. Bet the Arizona Diamondbacks -115 over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.