This is a Free play on the Miami Marlins +1.5 runs.
First off, congrats to all those who got in on yesterday's free winner on the Twins. If you haven't been following my free plays this year, you might want to check out the history on them at Covers Experts.
The Dodgers have been a bust again this year, with the additions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford doing little to help their struggling offense. All three of those players could miss tonight's game with lingering injuries, as they host the Marlins.
Los Angeles has lost seven straight overall, and they are coming off a three game sweep at home versus Arizona. It won't get any easier tonight, sending a struggling rookie pitcher to the mound, as Matt Magill gets the nod.
Magill (0-0, 7.88 ERA) has failed to impress in his first two big league starts, allowing five runs on six hits, while walking four in just 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Giants his last time out. He was better in his previous start, but despite turning in a decent performance, he got little run support and the bullpen cost him any chance at the win. Given what we have seen from the Dodgers, he can't expect any favors from his teammates tonight.
The Fish hand the ball to 20 year old Jose Fernandez, and he's coming off the best start of his young career. Fernandez (1-2, 3.48 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing a single hit and striking out nine in a 2-0 win over the Phillies his last time out.
While that was his first win after six starts, it wasn't his first dominant performance. He's allowed two runs or less, on fewer than five hits in four of his six starts, and the Fish have won the last two times he's taken the mound. This kid is just getting things figured out, and he's going to be tough to beat when he does.
Take the Marlins +1.5