Miami Marlins (8-9) vs. San Francisco Giants (11-7)
It is a battle in the National League when the Miami Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants in the second game of their four-game series on Friday. The opening game of this series is Thursday evening, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Miami is coming off a 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday. Philadelphia defeated San Francisco on Thursday, 6-5.
San Francisco is the favorite at -125. The odds for Miami are set up +105. The Giants defeated the Marlins in the most recent contest, beating Miami back on April 18, 1-0. These teams have split the last 10 meetings.
Marlins Ground Orioles OffenseTrevor Rogers combined with two relievers to blank Baltimore on Wednesday, 3-0. Rogers allowed four hits in seven innings, striking out eight for his second victory of the year. Yimi Garcia came on in the ninth to close out the game for his fourth save of the season. Jesus Aguilar drove in a pair of runs with a double.
Miami is 17th in runs per game at 4.11 and seventh in runs allowed per contest at 3.89. They are seventh in team batting average and .247.
The Marlins will start Sandy Alcantara. The right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 3.28 ERA in four starts. Alcantara has tossed 24.7 innings, allowing 16 hits and seven walks while striking out 28. He allowed four runs on six hits in 6.1 innings in his last start against San Francisco.
The Marlins offense is led by Adam Duvall, who has four homers, eight runs scored, and 14 RBI, but is hitting just .224. Jazz Chisholm is off to a fast start, hitting .326 with three homers and six RBI. He also has four stolen bases. Miami will be without catcher Jorge Alfaro and centerfielder Starling Marte.
Giants Fall in Walk-Off LossBryce Harper drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Philadelphia a walk-off victory over San Francisco on Wednesday. San Francisco rallied to take the lead with a four-run in the seventh inning, but could not hold it. Darin Ruf delivered the big blow with a three-run, pinch-hit homer. Wandy Peralta took the loss.
ANOTHER three-run homer 😅 pic.twitter.com/QrsQ6XPAZ1— SFGiants (@SFGiants) April 21, 2021
San Francisco is 25th and runs per game at 3.67 and third in runs allowed per game at 3.28. They are 23rd in team batting average and .218.
Alex Wood gets the start for the Giants. Wood is 1-0 in his only start this season. He tossed five shutout innings in his only start of the season. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Evan Longoria leads with Giants with four homers and nine RBI. He also leads the team with 10 runs scored. Buster Posey is making a triumphant return to San Francisco, hitting .310 with four homers but all of them have been solo shots. The Giants will be without second baseman Donovan Solano, shortstop Brandon Crawford, and six of their pitchers.
- 17-35 in the second game of their last 52 series.
San Francisco Giants:
- 5-1 in their last six games at home.
- 7-2 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter.
- 9-4 in their last 13 games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Giants are 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams in San Francisco. Despite their most recent loss to the Phillies, the Giants are playing very good baseball, winners of three straight games before that loss.
Both teams are getting inconsistent pitching so, in a game where the Giants have the better starter you have to like their odds better. Plus, his five shutout performance was against the Marlins, so he knows how to dominate this team.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 7.5. These teams have gone under in seven in the last eight meetings between them. The Giants have gone under in six of the last eight games at home and 12 of the last 16 games overall.
These teams both have starters going who are performing well early on this season. That should help to keep the scoring down. Plus, they have gone under 7.5 runs in six of the last seven games between them.
San Francisco wins, 4-2.