Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday May 18th, 2015. At 7:10 PM EST.
The (15-22) Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League West Division will travel to the “MIA” for the first of a four-game series. Arizona will play the (16-23) Miami Marlins of the National League East in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Marlins Park overlooking the skyline of downtown Miami, Florida. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Arizona Diamondbacks will struggle all season to play .500 baseball. Miami fired their “SKIPPER” after getting swept by Atlanta on Sunday May 17th. The opening betting line has the Miami as a -140 home favorite; the betting total is at eight runs for Monday’s game.
The 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks have lost five of six, including going 0-3 in Philadelphia over the weekend. The Diamondbacks are fourth in the NL West Division, eight and a half games out of first place. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt is red hot at the plate, leading the team in all five major categories. Arizona has a .269 batting average as a team. Diamondback pitching allows the opposition a .267 batting average. Arizona returns home for a three-game series on Friday May 22nd. Arizona is only 17-41 their last fifty-eight baseball games on the road. The betting odds over the total are 12-5-2 Arizona last nineteen overall. The Arizona Diamondbacks are 3-7 their last ten Baseball Picks overall, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three. The Arizona Diamondbacks will have the Right Handed Rubby De La Rosa, who is (4-2) with a 4.50 ERA to the mound. The Dominican Republic native pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits and four runs in a 14-6 over Washington on May 12th. Bovada.Lv has the Arizona Diamondbacks at 125/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The 2015 Miami Marlins have lost six of seven baseball contests, including a 6-0 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday May 17th. Miami is fourth in the Division, six games out of the lead. Second Baseman Dee Gordon and Slugger Giancarlo Stanton leads the charge at the plate. Miami has a .383 slugging percentage. The Marlins pitching staff is suffering without the services of Jose Fernandez, who is out with Tommy John surgery. Miami will close out their current homestand with a three-game interleague weekend set against Baltimore starting on May 22nd. The Miami Marlins are 3-7 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three. The betting odds under the total are 9-3 the last twelve meetings between the teams. Right, Hander Dan Haren, who is (4-2) with a 3.70 ERA, will be on the hill for game one of the series. The 6’5″ 215 pounder went 4.1 innings, allowing eleven hits and six runs his last start on May 12, an 11-1 loss in Los Angeles. The Miami Marlins are 25/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Championship.