MLB Baseball Betting: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins

MLB Baseball Betting:  San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins

The San Francisco Giants aren’t just playing poorly–they also can’t ‘buy a break’. On Sunday, they got a great performance from starter Madison Bumgarner who went all eight innings giving up 2 hits, 1 ER and striking out 7 to only one walk. Unfortunately, the Giants couldn’t scrap out a run against the Washington pitching staff led by starter Tannar Roark. They missed a great opportunity to score when Washington centerfielder Ben Revere made a spectacular over the shoulder catch with runners on second and third in the 7th. The sum total–the Giants lose yet another Roark start. In his last four starts he’s allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in three of them and the Giants don’t have a win in that stretch.

The Giants could find their lead atop the NL West down to a single game when they wake up on Monday morning (pending the outcome of the Dodgers-Red Sox game on Sunday night). At any rate, they’ve got to start playing better and fading Miami could be the perfect foil. The Marlins have lost 6 of 10 and have seen their deficit behind the first place Nationals in the NL East balloon to 7 games. San Francisco will also have their most dependable pitcher on the mound as they start former Cincinnati Reds right hander Johnny Cueto. The Giants are 17-5 in Cueto’s 22 starts this season including 10-2 on the road. Cueto has a 2.73 ERA and a 1.065 WHIP overall with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.117 WHIP on the road. San Francisco has lost 2 of Cueto’s last 3 games though he’s pitched reasonably well with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.339 WHIP in that stretch.

San Francisco will be opposed by Jose Fernandez who has been in marginal at best form in his last two starts. The marlins are 14-7 in his 21 starts this season including 9-3 at home. They’ve dropped 2 of his last 3 starts. For the year, Fernandez has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.078 WHIP with a 2.11 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP at home. In his last three starts he’s put up a 5.00 ERA with a 1.500 WHIP.

Even with the Giants’ recent struggles they shouldn’t be this big of an underdog. We’ll bet accordingly.