Arizona goes for a
series victory when they host the flailing Florida Marlins in the finale of a
four-game set at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Arizona will send Zach Duke to the mound while the slumping Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco.
Baseball odds opened the
Fish as -140 favorites on the moneyline with the total holding at 8.
Sunday’s game, the Diamondbacks had lost four of their previous five games (they beat the Marlins 9-5 on Saturday, as Jasonal_98 said they would).
However, they got a terrific effort from rookie Daniel Hudson (-121) in a 5-1
win over the Marlins. Hudson who began the year with four straight losses has
turned things around winning seven of his last eight. He worked 6 1/3 innings
giving up one run and eight hits to improve his record to 7-5 while helping
Arizona improve its road record to 16-17. Ryan Roberts slugged his 10th
home run while Stephen Drew went 3 for 4 to lead the Snakes attack. Losing
pitcher Brad Hand (0-2, 3.27) worked five innings and allowed three earned
In a theme that’s
become all too familiar, the Marlins (32-32) were done in by a lack of hitting
with runners in scoring position. In addition to the 10 hits, Florida also received
three walks but finished with 13 LOB. During their current home stand they’re
12 for 91 with RISP and have stranded 92 runners.
Mike Stanton has been
a thorn in the side of Arizona in his brief career hitting .344 with four home
runs and eight RBI’s. The 6-5, 240 pound outfielder had 22 homers and 59 runs
batted in 359 at-bats in 2010 and this year, in 212 plate appearances, he’s
jacked 16 HR’s with 39 RBI’s. Coming out of high school in Southern California,
USC recruited him to play baseball, UCLA and UNLV offered football scholarships
but in the end, he chose baseball and the Marlins fast tracked him to the big
leagues a mere three years after he was drafted.
have cooled offensively although they still rank 7th in the majors
in per game scoring (4.61). Over the past week, just one player, Justin Upton, is
hitting .300 or better (.303) while Stephen Drew is 7 for 24 (.292) with a
homer and four runs batted in. Kelly Johnson and Chris Young have each homered
twice and driven in 13 runs. Overall Johnson and Young share the team lead in
home runs (12) while Drew has the top average of the regulars (.295).
From bad to worse
Florida is 2-12 in
its last 14 games and is back at the .500 mark for the first time since April
12. They’re 1-9 on their current home stand and 5-16 in their last 21 outings
at Sun Life Stadium. After tonight’s game the Marlins head to Philadelphia to
begin a three-game series against the Phillies who will send Cole Hamels to the
mound on Tuesday with Roy Halladay scheduled for a Wednesday appearance
Arizona’s road trip
continues Tuesday night in San Francisco where they’ll face the
division-leading Giants. Josh Collmenter and Matt Cain meet in Game 1 while Joe
Saunders and Madison Bumgarner square off Wednesday in a battle of lefthanders.
are the new No. 1 on the list of most profitable teams in baseball for MLB handicappers. The Snakes
are $+938 on the ML and $+589 on the RL.
The losing streak
has been extremely costly for Florida backers who have seen the once healthy
money line profits drop to $-0.43. The run line has also taken a heat ($0.04).
The Sun Life
Stadium weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and temperatures
near 80. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain with winds out of the West at 10
Harvey’s Take: Arizona is the choice here. Winning
is contagious and even journeyman Zach Duke has fed off the new positive attitude
in Diamondback country. Nolasco will keep it close but I’ve got Arizona winning
a high-scoring thriller.