Miami (62-57) at Cincinnati (49-69)
When: Wednesday, June 17th 2016
Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: FSN Florida, FSN Ohio
The Miami Marlins are trying to hang in the playoff race despite losing Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season. They are currently on a seven-game road trip with the third tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins started the series off with a 6-3 on Monday, but dropped the second one 6-3 on Tuesday after going just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The loss saw Miami drop one game behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. The Marlins are also looking to get back 1B Justin Bour, who had an MRI show no Achilles damage, but was shut down from baseball activities to let an ankle injury heal. The Reds broke a two-game skid with last night’s win and sit at the bottom of the NL Central standings. Tucker Barnhart capped off a five-run first inning with a grand slam that proved to be the game-winner last night. CF Billy Hamilton (knee contusion) sat out Tuesday and is day-to-day.
Pitchers: Marlins – Andrew Cashner (4-9, 5.08 ERA) | Reds – Homer Bailey (2-1, 4.30)
Andrew Cashner is still looking for his first win since joining Miami right before the trade deadline and struggled Friday night against the White Sox. Cashner surrendered five walks in five innings and was charged with four runs on nine hits. Cashner is looking for his first career win over Cincinnati and is 0-1 with a 5.16 ERA in nine career games – three starts.
Homer Bailey will be making just his fourth start of the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He struck out 11 and scattered three hits over six scoreless innings at Milwaukee in his latest start. Bailey made his first three starts of the season on the road and is working in front of the home fans for the first time since August 7th, 2014. Bailey is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in seven career starts against Miami.
Cincinnati just isn’t a good enough team to be favored in any game right now. I’m not jumping on Bailey just yet despite the good outing against Milwaukee. He was bombed by Pittsburgh before that. Cashner will pitch well enough and the Marlins will squeak out a win tonight.
Pick: Marlins +110