Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick - 9/23/13
Philadelphia Phillies (71-84) at Miami Marlins (57-99)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Roy Halladay (R) (4-4) (6.714) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (3-6) (3.788)
The Line: Miami Marlins +105 / Philadelphia Phillies -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Philadelphia, FS-Florida
The Philadelphia Phillies head to the Sunshine State to open a series with the Miami Marlins.
The Phillies have face a lot of adversity this season ranging from injuries, age and a managerial change that has combined with a bunch of young faces. The fans know this team can't win in it's current state, with not enough hitting and pitching and hopefully changes are in the works. Neither the arms or bats were strong enough in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Mets, which was number four in a row. Cliff Lee was a tough luck loser with three runs given up (two earned) over seven frames, while striking out eight. The bats launched a nine hit attack that saw three players knock in runs, with three scoring. Roy Halladay makes what could be his final start of 2013 on Monday at Miami. Halladay has been up and down since coming off the disabled list and he was up versus these same Marlins in a 6-4 win with a run allowed in six frames.
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Miami had a rough Sunday, but not in terms of winning and losing as you might think. The Marlins were forced into a doubleheader, which not only made for a long day, but now they had to get on a plane and fly home to South Florida to face Philadelphia, who could already be there. Not much has changed for the Fish entering the final week of the regular season, with the team trading a lot of talent and replacing it with plenty of youth. So it's no surprise the team is where they are, but at least much of the team gained some invaluable experience, which could pay dividends. Nathan Eovaldi toes the rubber against the visiting Phillies on Monday. Eovaldi has been very dependable the last ten times out, with seven quality starts in which he has gone 1-5 where run support has hurt him.
Halladay has been alternating good starts with bad ones and I don't have a clue what he'll do. I will back him at this price, but if he is not on, the Phils could get hammered...