Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/24/14
Philadelphia Phillies (71-86) at Miami Marlins (75-81)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Kyle Kendrick (R) (9-13) (4.734) vs. Brad Hand (L) (3-8) (4.592)
The Line: Miami Marlins -123 / Philadelphia Phillies +113 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPh, FSFL
The Miami Marlins host the Philadelphia Phillies for game two of their three game series in the NL East as the regular season winds down.
The Philadelphia Phillies were shut out 2-0 on Tuesday night as ace Cole Hamels performed well allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings to take the loss with the offense failing to offer any support. The Phillies had seven hits in the loss as Dominic Brown had two hits, Ben Revere, Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd each had hits and Cole Hamels delivered the team’s only extra base hit with a double. Offense has been a struggle all season for Philly with the team ranking in the bottom third of the league in all the major offensive categories including 25th in team batting average at .245.
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The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick to the mound of Wednesday as the team looks to boost morale for next season. Kendrick enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.38 and ERA of 4.73 while posting a 9-13 record on the year. The seventh year righty Kendrick has struggled away from home with an ERA of 5.12 across 15 starts while allowing 11 home runs. Kendrick has performed better than his season numbers against the Marlins though with an ERA of 3.96 across four starts and 25 innings pitched.
The Miami Marlins kept alive their chance to finish with a .500 record by winning out with last night’s win over the Phillies. Starter Henderson Alvarez pitched a gem with 7.2 shutout innings and five hits allowed and closer Steve Cishek earned his 38th save in the win. The Miami offense had seven hits as Christian Yelich had two hits including a double and scored a run, Ed Lucas had two hits and an RBI, and Casey McGehee drove in his 71st run of the season with a sacrifice fly. The Marlins have been a middle of the road team offensively this year and are hampered presently with the absence of slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Miami will hand the ball to Brad Hand on Wednesday night as they look to generate momentum for next season. Hand has had mixed results this season across 31 appearances working both out of the bullpen and during 15 starts. The 24 year old lefty Hand enters this game with a WHIP of 1.37 and ERA of 4.59 while posting a 3-8 record across all appearances. Hand has an ERA of 4.61 at home and an ERA of 4.63 against the Phillies across 11.2 innings of work this year.
Neither starter inspires much confidence here but I will side with the Marlins who have a winning record at home on the season at 41-38.