Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 4/11/14
Miami Marlins (5-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-5)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Jose Fernandez (R) (2-0) (0.710) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (0-1) (3.856)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / Miami Marlins -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, TCN-PHI
The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies will begin a three-game series on Friday.
After a hot start to begin the season, the Marlins have lost four straight games, including getting swept by the Washington Nationals. The Marlins lineup has gone ice cold, scoring two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, while the pitching has allowed a combined 26 runs in their last four games. The Marlins can only hope Jose Fernandez can get things back on track, as the star pitcher is already 2-0 on the season with a 0.71 ERA. Fernandez has 17 strikeouts in 12.2 innings pitched and is 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have also lost four straight games and were just swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies pitching rotation got off to a fast start to begin the season, but has allowed six or more runs in four straight games. Still, the Phillies have four batters with at least 10 hits. A.J. Burnett will make his third start of the season against his former team. Burnett is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and has walked eight batters in 11.2 innings. Burnett has started two career games against the Marlins and is 1-1 with 1.29 ERA.
The Marlins are 9-0 in Fernandez's last 9 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series. The Phillies are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog. The Marlins are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings and 8-23 in the last 31 meetings in Philadelphia.
While the Phillies have had the Marlins number of the years, you're foolish to pick against Fernandez. If you've been following along, you know I've made that a rule to follow until further notice, and it's paid off nicely.
Keep rolling with the Marlins.