Neither team was expected to go with the front line starter on Saturday but both managers have said that they are bringing them back on shorter rest. The Marlins are a slight favorite in MLB props and futures in this game against the Dodgers.
Betting Major League Baseball on Florida games a year ago when Josh Johnson was pitching was very successful. The Marlins top pitcher was excellent most of the season. He did not, however, pitch well in the season opener this year. Since the Marlins were off Tuesday, Johnson will be pitching two of the team’s first five games. He gave up four runs in five-plus innings against the Mets and he walked four and hit a batter. Johnson has adjusted his mechanics and expects a better outing on Saturday against the Dodgers. "I had to battle pretty much without having any stuff," he said about Opening Day, “I felt like nothing was there." The Marlins will now push Annibal Sanchez to Sunday for his first start. "I am feeling good," Sanchez said. "The most important thing is I'm healthy."
The Dodgers are bringing back Opening Day starter Vincente Padilla on Saturday. Padilla was terrible on Opening Day as he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Those betting Major League Baseball will notice that Padilla did not pitch against the Marlins last year. The Dodgers will be going with fifth starter Charlie Haeger in the sixth game of the season on Sunday vs. the Marlins. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre is expecting a lot more out of Padilla on Saturday. "I want to get him out there as soon as possible," Torre said, "No, I didn't like what I saw. I know there's something more there."
Before this series began in MLB props and futures, the Marlins had won six of the last ten against the Dodgers. The teams split their six games last year but the road team won four of those six meetings. Four of those six also went over the total for those betting Major League Baseball.
This is an interesting matchup between two of the contenders in the National League. With each team sending their top starter, it should be a good game to consider when betting Major League Baseball.