Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 4/13/14
Miami Marlins (5-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Henderson Alvarez (R) (0-2) (4.152) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (0-1) (3.750)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -135 / Miami Marlins +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, TCN-PHI
The Philadelphia Phillies will go for the sweep over the Miami Marlins on Sunday when the two teams meet up in the afternoon. The Phillies won game 2 in extra innings, 5-4.
So much for getting off a wonderful start, huh? The Miami Marlins have lost six straight games and fall to 5-7 on the season. The Marlins pitching has fallen off, as they’ve allowed five or more runs in five straight games and the hitting has been very inconsistent besides Giancarlo Stanton and Adeiny Hechavarria. To make matters worse, Henderson Alvarez will get the nod for the Marlins on Sunday, who is 0-2 on the season with a 4.15 ERA. Alvarez has only started one game against the Phillies in his career, and he’s 0-1 with an ERA of 2.57.
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A series against the Marlins is just what the doctor ordered for the Phillies, a team that lost four straight heading into this series. While the Phillies have scored 11 runs in the first two games, its Philadelphia’s pitching that has really gotten the job done. Kyle Kendrick hopes to keep it up on Sunday and pick up his first win of the season in the process. Kendrick is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and has seven strikeouts in 12 innings. Kendrick has started 16 games against the Marlins in his career, and he’s 12-2 with an ERA of 3.48.
The Marlins are 4-1 in their last 5 games after losing the first 2 games of a series and 1-4 in Alvarez's last 5 starts. The Phillies are 6-1 in Kendrick's last 7 starts as a home favorite and 1-5 in Kendrick's last 6 starts. The Phillies are 10-1 in Kendrick's last 11 starts vs. Marlins and the Marlins are 8-24 in the last 32 meetings in Philadelphia.
Do you see the trends and Kendrick's career record against the Marlins? Kendrick is a Marlin killer for god sakes. Take it for what it's worth, but it's impossible to pick against the Phillies in this spot reading what you just read, especially at this price.
I'm all over Philly.