Baseball Picks: May 10th 2013
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins
Prediction: Miami +130 odds
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Jose Fernandez has superstar potential. He displayed it again this past Saturday throwing seven shutout innings on the road against the Phillies with nine strikeouts.
Contrast this with Dodgers starter Matt Magill, who is a desperate fill-in starter. Magill was shelled in his second big league start this past Saturday giving up five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Giants.
Not only do the Marlins have a huge edge in starting pitching, but I also like the backend of their bullpen better. Dodgers closer Brandon League is struggling and could be in danger of being removed as the closer.
The key question here is are the Dodgers good enough at the rest of the spots to overcome their pitching disadvantage? I’d say yes – if the Dodgers were playing much better and were healthy. But they are not on either count.
The Dodgers have lost seven in a row. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in six of those seven defeats. While Miami is last in runs scored, the Dodgers are second from the bottom in that important category.
The Dodgers’ starting middle infield is out, star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez isn’t likely to play due to a sore neck and Carl Crawford is questionable with a hamstring injury.
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