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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (48-73) at Miami Marlins (49-71)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

J Williams (4-8) (5.47) vs. B Hand (2-3) (4.74)

The Line: Miami Marlins -143 / Philadelphia Phillies +133 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Thursday for game one of their MLB series on National League East teams.

The Miami Marlins have had an injury-plagued season and they are in fourth place in the NL East. The Marlins are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 28-30 at home and they are 15.5 games back in the NL East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .255 with Dee Gordon hitting .334, Adeiny Hechavarria hitting .284, and Christians Yelih hitting .275. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92 with the starters at 4.18 and the bullpen at 3.44. For game one against the Phillies the Marlins start Brad Hand who has allowed 69 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 41 over 62.2 innings for a 2-3 record and a 4.74 ERA.

Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies have the worst record in baseball as they sit at the bottom of the NL East. The Phillies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 19-43 on the road, and they are 17 games back in the NL East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .253 with Odubel Herrera hitting .288, Freddy Galvis hitting .269, and Ryan Howard hitting .234. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.73 with the starters at 5.40 and the bullpen at 3.60. For game one against the Marlins the Phillies start Jerome Williams who has allowed 133 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 59 over 98.2 innings for a 4-8 record and a 5.47 ERA.

Miami is 12-2 as a home favorite, 3-7 in their last 10 home games, and 4-10 in Hand’s last 14 home starts. Philadelphia is 22-51 in their last 73 road games, 7-3 in game one of a series, and 4-11 in Williams’s last 15 starts. Philadelphia has won their last four games against Miami.

Williams just gets hit hard too often and the Marlins are the hotter team right now so they are my pick. 

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Miami Marlins -143

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