Rockies vs. Marlins Friday Prediction
After they were held scoreless through three innings on Opening Day, the Rockies’ offense came alive in the fourth inning in route to a 6-3 victory over the Marlins. Will Colorado start the year 2-0 with another victory tonight in Miami?
Game Snapshot & Odds
7:10 p.m. ET, Friday, March 29, 2019
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains (Rockies); FS Florida (Marlins)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Rockies as a -161 favorite to beat the Marlins, who are +140 underdogs. As of this writing, 71% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rockies to win outright. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Colorado Rockies Fantasy Spin
German Marquez struck out four batters over three scoreless innings Sunday in a Cactus League start against the Reds. It was a much more encouraging outing than his last one, when he got rocked for eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 frames. The 24-year-old right-hander looks ready to rock for the regular season and will be trying to build off his brilliant second half from 2018. He'll likely start the Rockies' second game in Miami.
Miami Marlins Fantasy Spin
Trevor Richards fired six no-hit innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League win over the Cardinals. Richards didn't allow a hit or a walk while striking out six over his six innings of work. The dominant performance lowered his spring ERA to 1.86, and in five starts he owns a 0.62 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old is a very intriguing late-round flier in drafts this month.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rockies are 8-17 in their last 25 games versus the Marlins and are 4-12 in their last 16 games in Miami despite posting a victory yesterday.
The Marlins won five of Richard’s last seven home starts last season but were 3-7 in his last 10 starts overall.
At -155, the Rockies don’t offer much value but given how bad Miami is and how well Marquez pitched a year ago, it’s somewhat surprising Colorado isn’t a bigger favorite. Nevertheless, while Marquez can be vulnerable to left-handed hitters, the Marlins don’t have anyone from that side that truly scares you. Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and J.t. Riddle were all average major leaguers at some point, but Marquez should navigate those three players tonight. I expect Richards to keep the Rockies’ scoring down a bit, but once Colorado gets to Miami’s pen it’ll be all she wrote.
The Pick: Colorado Rockies -155