Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 4/12/14
Miami Marlins (5-5) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-6)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Nathan Eovaldi (R) (1-1) (3.462) vs. Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / Miami Marlins -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, NBC 10
The Miami Marlins will hope to snap a five-game losing streak when they play their second game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
After such a great start to the season, the Marlins have hit rock bottom and are starting to play a lot more like the Marlins from last year. Even Jose Fernandez wasn’t himself on Friday night, as he picked up the loss after giving up six runs in four innings. The Marlins bats have also produced three or less runs in four of their last five games. Taking the mound on Saturday will be Nate Eovaldi, who is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts. Eovaldi is 1-4 with a 4.13 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies.
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The Phillies broke out of their slump and snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to a Philly lineup that figured Fernandez out and produced six runs by the fifth inning. Six runs were the most the Phillies have scored in six games. Johnathan Pettibone hopes he can get some of that run support when he’s expected to see his first action of the season on Saturday. Pettibone pitched in 18 games last season, finishing the year with a 5-4 record and an ERA of 4.04. Three of those wins came at home, and Pettibone is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in one career start against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 4-0 in Eovaldi's last 4 starts as an underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog overall. The Phillies are 6-0 in Pettibone's last 6 starts vs. National League East and 5-1 in Pettibone's last 6 starts during game 2 of a series. The Marlins are 8-23 in the last 31 meetings in Philadelphia.
We have no idea what we're going to get with this being Pettibone's first action of the season. However, we know that Eovaldi is an extremely talented pitcher with a live arm and has the potential to make us a lot of money this season. Miami is a promising young ball club that is bound to get back on track.
No better time than against a young pitcher making his first start of the year.