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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick 9/18/13

Miami Marlins (55-95) at Philadelphia Phillies (70-80)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Nathan Eovaldi (R) (3-6) (3.80) vs. Zach Minor (R) (0-1) (3.72)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -129 / Miami Marlins +119 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida, CSN-Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Phillies host the Miami Marlins in NL East Action Wednesday night.

Miami had hoped to close the final weeks of the season on a nice hot run heading in to the off season but that hasn't been the case. The Marlins fell at Philadelphia by a 6-4 count for their ninth loss in eleven contests where neither the work on the mound or at the plate nding out. Brian Flynn had a dismal outing with all six runs plated on eleven hits over six frames which put the offense in a deep hole. An eight hit attack saw three players drive in runs and four score but the Fish still missed out on a few opportunities. The Marlins are scheduled to send Nathan Eovaldi to the hill if his ailing back is 100%. Eovaldi has thrown the ball better then his 3-6 record indicates with quality starts in seven of ten where he has gone 1-6.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick 9/18/13

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It appears the Phillies are in line to finish third in the National League East which I guess is better then fourth to the players but as a fan it's first or the Wild Card or I could care less. The Phils have won eight of eleven following Tuesday's win with the offense kicking it up a notch which we haven't seen all that often from this team in 2013. The bats continued to roll but the bright spot was the performance of Roy Holladay who picked up the win win just a single run given up over six innings pitched. The pen stumbled but the offense stood tall with a 12 hit attack that saw Chase Utley slug a three run bomb and drive in four while Carlos Ruiz knocked in two. The Phillies hand the ball to Zach Minor for his first start in 2013 after 13 appearances out of the bull pen. Minor has some starting experience during his five year career but has only thrown 19.1 innngs this year.

The question for Miami is the health of Eovaldi's back and the question for the Phillies is can Minor give them a quality effort and I'm not sure of either...

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