MLB Baseball Betting: San Diego Padres at Miami Marlins

MLB Baseball Betting:  San Diego Padres at Miami Marlins

The San Diego Padres play the second game of their weekend series against the Miami Marlins. Friday’s game was tied 6-6 in the 8th inning as of this writing and both teams have something to play for. The Padres are trying to avoid falling into last place in the NL West. Currently, the Arizona Diamondbacks are holding down that position but should the Padres lose on Friday they’ll be tied 18.5 games behind division leading Los Angeles. The Padres have been in shabby form (3-7 L10) though the Diamondbacks aren’t doing much better (4-6 L10). The Marlins have split their last 10 games and are currently 8.6 games behind the Washington Nationals and 1.5 games up on the third place Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins are also 1.5 games out of the second NL Wild Card spot (held by St. Louis) and 3 games out of the top spot (held by San Francisco). They’ve got plenty of company with the Pirates just 1 game back in the wild card standings and the Mets 1.5 games back.

San Diego will start Clayton Richard who has looked pretty good since joining the rotation. Richard has started two games getting no help from his teammates who have scored a total of two runs in support. He’s pitched a total of 11 innings allowing 2 earned runs. The left hander was picked up by the Padres after being released by the Chicago Cubs. He played with the Padres in 2013 and the team values his locker room leadership as much as his pitching.

Miami will start one of the more intriguing prospects in baseball in 24 year old right hander Jose Urena. Urena is a ‘project’ to be sure but if they can polish a number of rough edges he could be a star. He’s got insane pitch movement that sometimes mystifies batters but often appears to mystify himself as well. He’s started 5 games this season with a 5.46 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP 17 ER, 27 hits 9 walks and 21 strikeouts in 5.6 innings of work. The Marlins are 2-3 when he starts including 0-2 at home. He’s coming off a solid start at Pittsburgh where he went 6 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs.

We’ll take the Padres against the inconsistent Urena. He could totally shut them down but he could just as likely ‘blow up’. There’s rarely any middle ground with Urena.