It took San Diego only two innings to secure a clear 7-2 win away at Marlins Park, but what is more important is that all the runs were scored after Zambrano was retired in the sixth inning. The bullpen is clearly struggling and in case Eovaldi fails to last more than 6 innings, Miami will probably get hit hard again. Just once this season the starting pitcher played for 7 innings, so we pretty much know where this match is heading.
Bet: San Diego Padres
Odds: bet365 2.20
Eovaldi was transferred to Miami as a part of the Hanley Ramirez deal and very few Miami fans were thrilled with this transaction. They pointed out that in exchange of an accomplished third baseman with an uncanny talent for scoring homeruns, they got two youngsters who have yet to make a name for themselves. Eovaldi’s 1-6 record in 2012 and the mediocre 4.15 ERA won’t convince anyone and this means that the pressure is huge on the shoulders of this young pitcher.
A history of dominance
The Padres are not a very successful team on the road but they regard Marlins Park as a second home, because they’ve won the last nine games played here. Rarely the fate of a match was really in danger, and with an ice-cold offense and a mediocre pitcher, Miami doesn’t seem capable of stopping them in their tracks. It is not like the Padres have nothing to worry about and one of the reasons they shouldn’t be too confident is their starting pitcher.
Ross Ohlendorf is undefeated this year, but the 3-0 record is as fake as a six dollar bill because if it wasn’t for the consistent support offered by teammates he would’ve been tagged with three defeats. He was relegated to the bullpen some time ago, but since he was allowed to prove his worth as a starter, he rose to the occasion. An ERA of 2.13 during the last two outings is reassuring, especially against a team that consistently fails to score runs even in front of their own fans.
Except for a slightly better ERA for the starting pitcher and a home field advantage that clearly doesn’t mean anything when the Padres are visiting, Miami is dominated in every imaginable way. Fortunately for punters, bet365 places the emphasis on these two shallow arguments when offering odds of 2.20 to the visitors. Whether Eovaldi succumbs to the pressure, or the relievers throw the game again, San Diego will secure the second win in the series and the tenth consecutive victory at Marlins Park.