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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (38-51) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-62)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

J Fernandez (2-0) (2.08) vs. Adam Morgan (1-2) (4.32)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +133 / Miami Marlins -143 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida

The struggling Philadelphia Phillies open the second half of the season with a visit from the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Marlins had high hopes of making some noise in the National League East but it appears that just reaching .500 will be about the best that can be hoped for. The Marlins currently sit in 4th with a 38-51 record and Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list with a broken wrist. The Fish are not the most consistent scoring team so Stanton’s bat out of the lineup isn’t a good thing. The Marlins di get backmJose Fernandez who looked as if he had never undergone TJ surgery so with their ace back a Stanton due to return perhaps there is enough to make a run at .500. The Marlins turn to ace Jose Fernandez on the hill for his third start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Fernandez has not missed a beat while winning both starts while striking out 15 in 13 frames.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As a Philadelphia Phillies fan we knew the team was going to struggle but maybe not to the extent we are seeing with the team looking up from the National League East basement with a 29-62 record. I knew the injury to Cliff Lee would keep him out the entire year and I knew that a rotation of castoffs and journeyman wouldn’t be able to shoulder the load and it’s played out that way. The lineup has a few promising players but a ‘few’ has proven to be not enough. Chase Utley’s career is coming to a close and Ryan Howard might be as well and I love it as the team needs an influx of youth although I’m not sure the farm system has any answers. Rookie Adam Morgan makes his 4th career start against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Morgan will be looking to rebound from a 5-0 loss at Los Angeles where he was charged with all five runs on six hits over four innings.

The under is 6-1-1 in Miami’s last 8 road games and the Marlins  are 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the under is 13-5 in Miami’s last 18 games as a favorite. Philadelphia are 7-15 in their last 22 home games and are 8-17 in their last 25 games on astroturf. Hernandez against anybody isn’t a bad deal and I think he’s a good deal here if he gets runs…

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Miami -143

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