*10* SUPER POWER ~ HUGE 4-0 SWEEP Wednesday! *WHITE HOT* 36-13-2 L51 MLB!
Arizona vs. Miami,
06/01/2017 19:10 EDT,
Score: 3 - 2
Money Line: -115 Arizona
10* Arizona (7:10 ET): Given the pitching matchup here, this line looks to be absolute steal & reminiscent of the plays involved in yday's 3-0 sweep. The D'backs, 33-22 on the season w/ a +54 run differential, will be sending Zack Greinke to the mound. Miami, just 21-30 (-22 run diff) and off a rare sweep (of the lowly Phillies), counters w/ Jeff Locke. Greinke's resume need not be rehashed here (but I will below!), but Locke (a 2013 All-Star) is making his first start of the season. Arm issues are what have delayed Locke's first start not just of 2017, but in a Miami uniform as well. This is a prime chance to face the Marlins as they're off the rare sweep, which came at the expense of the few teams below them in the standings.
Arizona currently finds itself involved in a tight three-horse race in the NL West (w/ LA and Colorado) as the trio are all seperated by just one-half game. Only the Dodgers and Nationals have outscored opponents by a wider margin over the course of the season, among Senior Circuit clubs. The fact they can claim such marks while being "only" 7-4 in Greinke starts makes things look all the more impressive. Currently eighth in all of baseball in WHIP (0.995), Greinke is off a strong month of May and has won five of his last six decisions overall. The lone loss came his last time out where he uncharctertistically gave up five runs. But I look for him to bounce back and not just because lefties are batting .227 against hime while righties are at .210. He's also fifth in the NL in K's per nine innings (10.5) and has traditionally "owned" the Marlins w/ a 4-0 record and 2.89 ERA in eight career starts against them.
Arizona also brings an impressive offense to South Beach. They are top five in both runs scored and slugging in all of baseball. So this is hardly an ideal lineup for Locke to face in his season debut. Locke, four years removed from his best season, has a sub-.500 career record to go w/ a 4.41 ERA. In five previous appearances vs. the D'backs, his ERA is 6.57. Getting back to the idea of this being an ideal situation to play AGAINST Miami, note that the sweep against Philadelphia was their first over any team since last August. The four-game win streak is a season-high and they'd previously failed to win B2B series at any point this season. That should counteract any lingering effect Arizona may have from having to go extra innings last night to beat Pittsburgh. 10* Arizona