Marlins Domination Of Southpaw Starters Continues On Saturday

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:08 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 9:08 PM UTC

Our MLB handicapping professional provides us with some betting preview on Saturday Padres and Marlins encounter. Go inside and find out precisely why he’s opted to make a MLB pick on this game.

San Diego (Richard) vs Miami (Urena) 7:10 PM ET
Saturday will be the eighth meeting of the season between these National League clubs, and Miami is 4-3 in the prior seven encounters. Furthermore, five of those seven games went over the total. Included in those victories was last night’s thrilling come from behind win. Miami overcame a late 6-3 deficit, scoring 3 runs in the 8th to tie it, and finished matters in a walk-off manner during the ensuing bottom of the 9th.  Current MLB betting odds at 5Dimes indicates that Miami is a -138 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.5.


Starting Pitchers
Veteran southpaw Clayton Richard will make the start tonight for San Diego. This will be just his third start of the season, and he’s exhibited stellar form during his first two. Through the course of those aforementioned pair of outings, Richard compiled a stellar 1.64 ERA.

Miami will turn to young right-hander Jose Urena tonight. Urena has exhibited poor form over his previous three starts, evidenced his large 8.27 ERA during the course of that time. The Marlins can take solace in knowing, their bullpen has been excellent over its preceding seven games, and it’s verified by a terrific staff ERA of 1.21 through that period.


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Stumbling and Bumbling Padres
San Diego enters today losers of its last four, and ten of their previous thirteen games. Additionally, the Padres are an abysmal 5-18 in their last twenty-three road games. The Padres have struggled all season long with generating any type of consistent offensive production. As a matter of fact, over their preceding seven games, San Diego possesses a poor .299 OBP, and a dreadful .671 OPS. For what it’s worth, they’re also an appalling 6-25 on the road in 2016 when there’s a total of 7.0 to 8.5.


Marlins Own Southpaw Starters
Miami is an extremely profitable 21-8 (.724) this year when facing southpaw starting pitchers. Last night’s come from behind win, enabled Miami to stay within 1.5 games of St. Louis for the National League’s final wild-card spot. They’ve also gone a rock solid 18-9 (.667) in 2016 versus NL West teams. Miami’s overall pitching has been brilliant of late, proven by holding opponents to 2.9 runs scored per game, and limited them to a dismal .601 OPS throughout its last seven games.


Final Take and Pick
If they hope to be part of the 2016 postseason, Miami can ill afford to lose to teams like San Diego heading down the final stretch. Although Clayton Richard has pitched well during his brief appearances, it still remains an enormously small sample size to hang your hat on. I look for Miami to carry over the momentum from yesterday’s scintillating comeback win, and one of my Saturday MLB picks will reflect that notion.


Free MLB Pick: Miami -138
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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