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Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free MLB Pick

Miami Marlins (20-36) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (28-27)

MLB: Friday, June 1st, 2018 at 9:40 PM ET (Chase Field)

Pitchers: Elieser Hernandez (0-2, 2.50 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (0-1, 1.64 ERA)

Lines & Odds: Miami Marlins +130/ Arizona Diamondbacks – 140- Over/Under 8.5


The Miami Marlins continue their west coast road trip and face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of this three-game series.

Miami Marlins Betting News

The Marlins are currently in rebuild mode and are currently last in the National League East.  This west coast trip for them has not been successful so far, only winning one game against the San Diego Padres.  The Marlins are hoping for more success against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they are relying on Elieser Hernandez (RHP) for the start.  Hernandez’s last start was against the division rival Washington Nationals, where he allowed two runs on six hits and had three strikeouts through five innings.  The longest Hernandez has gone starting a game has been five innings, so the Marlins will need to rely on their bullpen for this game in order to get the win.  Miami will also need home-run leader Justin Bour to step up as well, especially considering the similar starting pitchers and bullpen from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks Betting News

The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds but won the series 2-1.  However, like the Marlins, they have not done too well on the stretch, only winning three of the last ten games they have played.  The Diamondbacks are hoping to get back on track against the rebuilding Marlins, with the help of starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (RHP).  Buchholz played well his last start, lasting six innings and allowing only one run off of two hits in a 0-3 start against the Oakland A’s.  Buchholz has similar numbers to Hernandez this season, as well as innings pitched, so the Diamondbacks will have to rely on their bullpen as well.  However, the Diamondbacks will be without A.J. Pollock, who has been one of the biggest offensive talents for Arizona.  He was placed on the 10-day DL on May 29th, so the Diamondbacks will have to increase their offensive efforts from the bench.

Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends

Miami Marlins

Miami is 3-7 SU in last 10 games

Miami’s current streak is L3

Miami’s road record is 10-18

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona is 3-7 in last 10 games

Arizona’s current streak is L1

Arizona’s home record is 16-13


This matchup will be all based on the pitching performances.  Both Hernandez and Buchholz have similar numbers and play around five to six innings a game.  This means that the bullpens will be key for both teams.  However, Arizona is the better pitching team, allowing a 3.40 ERA from all pitchers combined.  This pitching statistic is currently the fourth best in the National League.  Miami, on the other hand, totals a 4.89 ERA, which is 26th in the National League.  Based on these factors, as well as the tedious west coast trip for the Marlins, I believe that the Arizona Diamondbacks will win the first game of this series.


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Sara Stinner
Sara Stinner
Sara has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so she's combined the two to become a handicapper and a sports fan. Using not just statistics and records, she uses common sense and conventional thinking. The opposite of what most bettors rely on--impulse wagering and following the norm. Sara's articles are well-thought-out and well-researched.