The Miami Marlins are headed to Arizona for the first of a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Miami starts a 10-game road trip in fourth place of the National League East at 15-18, three games back of the New York Mets. Arizona enters the series in fourth place in the NL West at 15-19, five games back from the San Francisco Giants.
Luke Weaver will be on the bump Monday night for Arizona, looking to improve his 6.07 ERA and his 1-3 record. Miami going with a bullpen day. The Marlins own the season series 3-0, having swept the D’backs last week in Miami. The Diamondbacks are the moneyline favorites to take this series at -140.
Marlins: Offense Struggling
The Marlins swept the Diamondbacks at home last week but they then dropped two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers, putting them at 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Miami has struggled offensively and will be playing without exciting rookie Jazz Chisholm Jr. (10-day IL). Jesus Aguilar has established himself as the offensive leader with six home runs and 25 RBIs, but Miami is in the bottom third of the majors in runs scored (136) and is batting below the league average at .225.
Because their young pitching staff has been so great, if they get their bats going, the Marlins should stay on everyone’s radar. Yes, the NL East is historically competitive and they are +3500 to win the division, but these feisty Marlins are not giving up.
Back in Arizona
The Diamondbacks have lost six straight games and are 3-7 in their last 10. They are likely to be very happy to be back home and off the road, where they were swept by the Marlins and the Mets in New York.
The D’backs have been hitting the ball but have not been able to rely on their pitchers to keep runs off the board. Weaver, just faced the Marlins last week and he took the loss, going only four innings and giving up six runs. On the offensive side, we will be keeping our eyes on Eduardo Escobar, who has seven home runs, and David Peralta who has 23 RBIs and three home runs. Will the Marlins get to shaky Diamondbacks pitching early? Adam Duvall already has two home runs off Weaver. Can he keep it up or will Arizona get it going again now that it is back home?
Fish Should Thrive in Desert
Even though the Diamondbacks have home-field advantage, it is tough to have any confidence in them, especially after Miami’s dominant sweep last week. The Marlins should be able to break down Weaver, a pitcher they have had success against already. The sportsbook has the MLB series betting line at Miami +110 for the series. Our MLB picks here are for Miami taking Game 1 and the series.
Pick: Miami Marlins +110