The Miami Marlins try to avoid a fifth straight loss when they take on the host Arizona Diamondbacks in the third of a four-game series between on Wednesday night. The first pitch for this contest is set for 9:40 p.m. ET at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Marlins dropped their fourth in a row on Tuesday night, falling 11-3. The setback dropped Miami to 15-20, putting it in fourth place in the National League East, two games behind the third-place Atlanta Braves and percentage points ahead of the Washington Nationals.
The Diamondbacks improved to 17-19 with the win, which was their second straight in the series. Arizona is in fourth place in the NL West, two games behind the third-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Diamondbacks with a moneyline of -170, while the Marlins are at +150. The over/under for the game is set at 8½ runs.
Right-hander Cody Poteet will be making his big league debut with the start in Wednesday’s contest. The Marlins have been juggling pitchers in their starting rotation as injuries have taken down much of the team’s regular starters.
Poteet is getting called up from Triple-A, where he threw on Thursday, going 5.2 innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits, striking out 10 and walking two.
While the pitching staff has been in flux, the offense hasn’t exactly been holding up its end of things either, scoring a total of eight runs over the four-game losing streak. Tuesday’s three runs were the most scored by the Marlins over those four games.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar had a big night on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. He now has a team-high eight home runs and 29 RBIs, batting .283 with 16 runs scored as well. It was his second straight game with a home run.
Outfielder Adam Duvall has six home runs and 21 RBIs, but he’s batting just .202 and has 41 strikeouts in 114 at-bats.
The Diamondbacks are playing better and they could get a big boost soon with the return of outfielder Ketel Marte, who has been on the injured list since April 8 with a strained right hamstring. Marte worked out at Chase Field on Tuesday, and there’s optimism he could return as soon as next week.
“He looks fantastic,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said of Marte. “We’ve got to gauge how protective he is, where he’s feeling discomfort and get that information from him and start to drum up what the next set of plans will be.”
Outfielder David Peralta has had a big series against Miami so far, going 3-for-9 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. He leads Arizona with 26 RBIs and 34 hits, batting .268 with six doubles, five triples, three home runs and 18 runs scored.
Right-hander Zac Gallen will take the mound on Wednesday, making his sixth start. Gallen is 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA, having struck out 32 and walked 14 over 26.2 innings.
In his last start, on Friday against the New York Mets, he went six innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. He took a no-decision in an extra-inning loss for the Diamondbacks, striking out five and walking four.
Diamondbacks Keep Winning
Miami is struggling to piece together a starting rotation, and if it’s Poteet making his major league debut, the Diamondbacks could put some runs on the board. Arizona has been solid of late and it has a good pitcher on the mound in Gallen.
When making your MLB betting picks, go with the Diamondbacks to make it three straight over the Marlins.