Miami (Nicolino) -110 at San Diego (Perdomo) O/U 9
We should have some runs scored in this early start afternoon matchup between the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino has not been overly reliable, particularly on the highway with a 4.63 ERA in four starts. The Padres have found ways to hit lefties hard with MLB's eighth-best OPS at .763. On the flip side, Luis Perdomo is nothing more than a spot starter with Andrew Cashner, Cesar Vargas, Robbie Erlin and Tyson Ross all on the DL. Those injuries along with the recent James Shields trade have relegated the Padres to scraping the bottom of the barrel for starting pitching options and Perdomo appears to lack any sort of staying power in this rotation. He's been hammered in two starts this season allowing eight runs on 12 hits in 6.1 innings of work against Milwaukee and Colorado. Perdomo has a brutal 11.74 ERA at Petco Park, allowing 20 runs on 32 hits in 15.1 innings and has issued more walks (11) than strikeouts (9). He’s also surrendered seven homers in just 36 innings this season. He can’t be trusted to pitch deep nor can the very mediocre San Diego bullpen be counted on to shut the door and handle a likely increased workload. The total has been played up this morning which in my opinion is the right move. Play it over.