Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick - 9/25/13
Philadelphia Phillies (72-85) at Miami Marlins (58-100)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Cole Hamels (L) (8-14) (3.617) vs. Brad Hand (L) (0-1) (6.349)
The Line: Miami Marlins +139 / Philadelphia Phillies -149 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Philadelphia, FS-Florida
The Philadelphia Phillies shoot for back to back victories in South Florida on Wednesday.
The fading Phillies had dropped to fourth in the National League East thanks to a five game slide where the offense has struggled. Philadelphia got back on the winning track with a 2-1 victory in South Florida thanks to solid work on the mound as the bats continued to struggle. Zach Miner allowed the lone run on four hits and a pair of BB over four frames, with four relievers shutting down the Marlins the rest of the way. A bases loaded walk and a ground out plated the Phillies runs, with the team totaling five hits. Left-hander Cole Hamels faces the division rival Marlins on Wednesday. Hamels saw his string of ten straight quality starts snapped in a 6-4 loss to the Mets, with all six runs plated on ten hits over seven frames.
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The Marlins have been in the same boat as the Phillies as of late as they have been fading with the finish line in sight. The Fish have dropped eight of eleven following Tuesday's defeat, with the offense having trouble mounting consistent scoring. That trend hurt them Tuesday and squandered a strong performance on the mound. Starter Henderson Alverez took the loss with both runs given up on five hits and a trio of base on balls through seven innings pitched. That was still too much for the Marlins seven hit, two walk attack that received a run-scoring single from Justin Ruggiano in the second. Brad Hand takes the ball against the visiting Phillies for his second start of 2013. In his lone start Hand was charged with four runs on five hits and a pair of BB over 5.2 innings in a 4-3 road defeat to the Mets.
I backed Hamels last time out and he was absolutely crushed, but he appears to have the edge here again, but think long and hard before backing the Phillies...