Top Prospect Vs. Mr. No-Hitter Leads to ‘Under’ Pick in A’s-Marlins on June 14

edinson volquez

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:12 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 7:12 PM GMT

The first matchup on the MLB schedule Wednesday (12:10 ET) is a getaway interleague game between the A’s and Marlins in Miami. It’s an interesting pitching matchup to say the least, leading this capper to lean ‘under’ the total.

MLB Season Record: 21-15

Oakland A’s At Miami Marlins (-163, 9)

The A’s and Marlins complete a two-game interleague series in Miami with a first pitch of 12:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. I’ll just assume the roof will be closed at Marlins Park because it tends to be rather hot – and often rains – on a June afternoon on south Florida.

Oakland again loses the designated hitter, which is generally either Ryon Healy, Khris Davis or Stephen Vogt. All three of those guys also play other positions, with Davis usually starting in left, Vogt behind the plate and Healy occasionally at first so it likely will depend on the matchups as to whom sits.

Not like the Marlins are going anywhere this season, but they avoided disaster on Saturday when Giancarlo Stanton was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Trevor Williams of the Pittsburgh Pirates. X-rays were negative and Stanton was back in the lineup Tuesday. He missed 87 games in 2015 with a fractured left wrist after getting hit by a pitch. Stanton entered this series batting .286 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs. He’s batting .303 this month. Miami remains without its No. 2 power guy in first baseman Justin Bour (.295, 16 HRs, 40 RBIs). He was placed on the DL last Tuesday with an ankle injury.

The A’s are a very all-or-nothing team in that they often only score via the long ball. As of Tuesday, Oakland is 24th in runs, 26 in on-base percentage and fourth in batter strikeouts but sixth in homers. Davis is the perfect example of the modern-day slugger in that he either goes yard or whiffs. He has 17 bombs but a whopping 81 strikeouts (fourth-most in AL).

The Marlins and A's split their two-game series at Oakland in late May.  

 

Wednesday’s Probable Pitchers

The A’s are likely to finish last in the AL West but a piece of their future could be on display Wednesday afternoon in right-hander Daniel Gossett, who was a 2014 second-round out of Clemson. Gossett struggled in Class A ball in 2015 but was much better through several levels in 2016 – named the organization’s pitching prospect of the year -- and had been 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Nashville this year. MLB.com ranks him as the franchise’s No. 5 prospect and gives him grades of 55 (scale of 20-70) on his fastball and curve.

Gossett will be pitching on eight days of rest here. This spring, Gossett appeared in three Cactus League games, walking six and striking out one to finish with a 4.26 ERA. "He's going to be a monster in this league. I believe that," Manager Bob Melvin said. Gossett is starting after Andrew Triggs was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a left hip strain.

It’s veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez (3-7, 3.41) for the Marlins, he of the only no-hitter in the majors this year. That came at home vs. Arizona on June 3 and Volquez followed that up with seven shutout innings and only three hits allowed in Pittsburgh last Thursday. He thus became the first pitcher to have at least seven shutout innings while allowing three or fewer hits in a start immediately following a no-hitter since Philadelphia’s Tommy Greene had a three-hit shutout against the Expos on May 28, 1991 after a no-hitter against Montreal in his previous start.

Volquez pitched in Oakland on May 18 and took the loss despite a quality start of three runs over six innings. The A’s jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first on a Davis homer and never trailed. Davis is 6-for-22 career off Volquez with three doubles and seven RBIs. Healy is 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer, so hard to see him sitting. Vogt is 2-for-8 with a homer.

 

Reasoning For Pick

Volquez has given up just one run and six hits over his past three starts, and has a terrific 2.40 ERA at home this year and a 2.83 mark in day games. The Marlins hitters, meanwhile, are going to be completely unfamiliar with Gossett. Add in the very early start time, and the pitchers should have the advantage here. ‘Under’ will be my MLB pick. It is 5-0 in Volquez’s past five at home.

Free MLB Pick: ‘Under’ 9 (-105)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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