Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/2/14
Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) at Miami Marlins (39-43)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Cole Hamels (L) (2-4) (2.842) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (5-6) (3.699)
The Line: Miami Marlins +119 / Philadelphia Phillies -129 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-FL
The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies play game two of three Wednesday night at Marlins Park.
The Phillies have lost nine of their last 11 games and are now 11 games below .500. The Phillies just can’t catch a break, as their offense has produced three or fewer runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Phillies have lost 10 straight when that’s the case. However, Marlon Byrd does have three homers in his last two games. The Phillies pitching has 16th best ERA in baseball at 3.85. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 2.84 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 88.2 innings. Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.20 ERA in 31 career starts against the Marlins.
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The Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak with Tuesday’s win and are three games below .500. The issue with the Marlins is that their pitching has allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. Overall, the Marlins have the 19th best ERA in the league at 3.88. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton has 18 hits in his last 10 games, including two hits yesterday. Tom Koehler gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 3.70 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. Koehler is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA in four career games against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 starts and 2-5 in Hamels' last 7 road starts. The Marlins are 2-5 in Koehlers last 7 starts and 0-4 in Koehlers last 4 home starts. The Phillies are 0-4 in Hamels' last 4 road starts vs. Marlins.
The Marlins are the better team between the two and are at home where they seem to play much better. Also, Hamels has a losing record against the fish and hasn't won in Miami in quite some time. I'll take the plus money here.