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Marlins at Phillies - 4/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (3-10) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

D Haren (1-0) (2.08) vs. J Williams (0-1) (4.09)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +120 / Miami Marlins -130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-FL

The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The Miami Marlins are off to a brutal start, which includes getting swept by the Mets in four games. The Marlins pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Marlins have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads Miami with 21 hits and nine RBI while Giancarlo Stanton and Michael Morse have combined for 18 RBI. The only good news for the Miami Marlins is that two of their three victories have come on the road. Dan Haren gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Haren is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

Marlins at Phillies - 4/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies also need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Phillies offense needs a spark, as they’ve produced two or less runs in four of their last five games. The Phillies have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Freddy Galvis and Cody Asche have combined for 28 hits and eight RBI while Chase Utley leads Philly with eight RBI. Three of the Philadelphia Phillies four victories have come on their home field. Jerome Williams takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Williams is 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 6-2 in their last 8 games following an off day and 5-16 in their last 21 vs. National League East. The Phillies are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. National League East and 7-3 in Williams' last 10 starts. The Marlins are 11-30 in the last 41 meetings in Philadelphia.

There's word that the Marlins manager is on the hot seat and if that's true, this series will be the make or break point. The Marlins are too talented of a team to be this bad. I like Miami to start things off with a victory. 

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Miami Marlins -130

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