Larry Ness' 10* NL Run-Line G.O.M. (2-0 TY in MLB): Larry's coming off an easy win last night with his 1st 10* LEGEND Play ("signature" release) of MLB 2012, as the Dodgers held the Padres to two hits in a 6-1. This 28-yr vet is 2-0 with his Division Game of the Month sides this year and "the winning continues" with his 10* NL Run-Line Game of the Month on Sunday. Any takers?
Game: Houston Astros (r) at Miami Marlins (r) Apr 15 2012 1:10PM
Prediction: Miami Marlins (r)
Grade: Loser (-100)
Reason: My 10* NL Run-Line Game of the Month is on the Mia Marlins at 1:10 ET.
The Marlins play their final contest without manager Ozzie Guillen on Sunday against the visiting Astros. Guillen told interim Miami manager Joey Cora that he suffered a headache while watching the Marlins beat Houston 5-4 in 11 innings on Friday, Who knows how he felt after last night’s game, in which the Marlins blew a three-run ninth-inning lead in a 5-4 loss? Miami committed three errors in the ninth while Heath Bell blew his second save in as many chances for his new team. He's allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits in three innings over four appearances for the Marlins (12.00 ERA). The Astros send JA Happ (former Phillie) to the mound. Happ struck out five and walked one while giving up three runs on six hits over six innings in a win over the Braves last Monday. He has a career record of 26-24 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. The Marlins counter with Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez ‘exploded’ on the MLB scene back in 2006, going 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA (included a no-hitter). However, he struggled with injuries the next three seasons, making a total of just 32 starts. He’s been healthy these last two years, taking the mound 32 times in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He’s gone 13-12 (3.55) and 8-9 (3.67), respectively, but the Marlins have been a losing proposition in those starts at 30-34. That said, I think Sanchez may be in a for a good season. His ERA over the last two seasons deserved a better W-L record. With the additions of Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambrano plus some shoulder problems he endured in spring training, Sanchez is currently the team's No. 5 starter. "I don't care if I'm first of fifth, we have a good rotation," Sanchez said. "I'm glad to be in it." He looked sharp in his 2012 debut, allowing two ERs in 6.1 innings of a 6-2 win at Philadelphia on Monday. Facing the Astros in this spot, brings forth all sorts of good situational spots. Last night’s ‘miracle’ win ended a five-game losing streak in Miami by the Astros and a look at last year’s record book shows that the Astros were a just awful 5-20 in road day games vs right-handers last year, averaging a puny 2.0 RPG. Sanchez should be full of confidence when taking the mound, as he’s 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA against in five career starts against Houston. Lay the 1 1/2 runs.