The Miami Marlins hit the road to start a 10-game road trip, starting with a Monday night contest with the host Arizona Diamondbacks. The opener to a four-game series is set for a 9:40 p.m. ET first pitch at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Marlins have dropped two in a row, including a 2-1 setback to Milwaukee in 10 innings on Sunday. Miami is 15-18 and in fourth place in the National League East, 1½ games behind the third-place Atlanta Braves.
The Diamondbacks have dropped six in a row heading into Monday’s action, including a three-game sweep at Miami last week. Arizona is fourth in the NL West with a 15-19 record, 2½ games behind the third-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Diamondbacks with a moneyline of -118, while the Marlins are at +108. The over/under for this contest has been set at nine runs.
Who’s Up Next?
The Marlins had not named a starter for Monday’s game, as the team continues to struggle to piece together a starting rotation due to injuries. Miami manager Don Mattingly went with a bullpen game in this spot in the rotation last time around, with Ross Detwiler getting the start and going two innings before giving way to four other pitchers who combined for a shutout of the Diamondbacks.
The left-handed Detwiler has made two starts in his 13 appearances, compiling an ERA of 2.31 with 14 strikeouts and seven walks. Eight different Marlins have made at least one start, but it’s anyone’s guess who Miami will have starting in this one.
The Marlins struggled in Sunday’s series finale with Milwaukee, managing just one run in 10 innings. Miami fell to 2-7 in one-run games with the loss.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar leads the Marlins with 25 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with six home runs. He has just four hits in May, going 4-for-24 with a home run, three RBIs and seven strikeouts.
Outfielder Adam Duvall also has six home runs and has driven in 21 runs, though he’s batting just .207. Outfielder Corey Dickerson has a .319 batting average to lead the team, driving in seven runs and scoring 16 times.
Right-hander Luke Weaver will be on the mound for the Diamondbacks, making his seventh start . Weaver is 1-3 with a 6.07 ERA, striking out 29 and walking 11.
His last start came against Miami last Wednesday, and he got rocked in four innings. Weaver allowed six runs on six hits, including a home run, striking out six and walking two. Weaver has allowed at least three runs in each of his last four starts, going past four innings just once.
The Diamondbacks rank in the top half of baseball in most offensive categories, coming into Monday’s action as the sixth-best team with 274 hits and ranking fifth in runs scored with 162. But that hasn’t translated into success in the win column.
“We are at a very critical point right now where we have to find a way, and we will,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said after Sunday’s loss. “We put ourselves in a very good position when we do the little things the right way. Those will be my messages to the players over the coming days.”
Outfielder David Peralta is batting .263 with a team-high 23 RBI, hitting four doubles, four triples and three home runs while scoring 16 times.
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar has a team-best seven home runs, driving in 18 runs and batting .222 with a team-high 27 strikeouts. Escobar has been cold in May, though, going 3-for-27 with a double and two RBIs while striking out seven times.
Arizona Snaps Streak
The Diamondbacks have the offensive capability to get some wins, but they haven’t been able to put it together lately. Returning home will certainly help the team’s outlook as well as its production.
Miami is struggling offensively and isn’t sure who is going to be on the mound from day to day. Even a solid seven-inning outing by starter Sandy Alcantara was wasted on Sunday, as the Marlins continue to have problems putting runs on the board.
When doing your MLB betting, take the Diamondbacks to get the win in the series opener.