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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 9/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (73-73) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-81)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

T Koehler (9-11) (3.97) vs. Adam Morgan (2-10) (5.73)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +110 / Miami Marlins -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


On Friday from Citizens Bank Park, the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies will be opening up their MLB weekend series. 

The Marlins are coming off a three-game set against the Braves. Miami dropped the first game but came back to take the next two and the series. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 9/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for the Phillies, they just finished up an intrastate set with the Pirates. Philadelphia won on Monday and Wednesday, then in the finale Philly was blown out 15-2. 

Taking the hill for the Marlins on Friday will be RHP Tom Koehler. In his 29 starts and 9-11 record this year, Koehler holds a 3.97 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP in 161 innings. Against Los Angeles in his last start, Koehler took a loss with five innings, six hits and four runs. 

The Marlins have some potent hitters at their disposal. Martin Prado has bagged 171 hits with 68 runs and 69 RBI. Christian Yelihc has hit 160 times with 72 runs, 18 homers and 91 RBI. JD Realmuto sits on 146 hits with 58 runs and 43 RBI. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Adam Morgan on Friday. In his 20 games (18 starts) and 2-10 record, Morgan owns a 5.73 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 99 innings. Morgan took a loss against Washington his last time up with six innings, three hits and two earned. 

It’s pretty easy to find the stars on the Phillies order. Odubel Herrera leads the way on 144 hits with 73 runs and 42 RBI. Cesar Hernandez has hit 143 times with 60 runs and 36 RBI. Maikel Franco has bagged 129 hits with 56 runs, 22 homers and 75 RBI. 

The Marlins are 4-0 in their last four road games versus a left-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven overall. Miami is also 2-6 in Koehler’s last eight road starts, and 0-4 in Koehler’s last four starts. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 8-20 in their last 28 against the National League East, and 0-4 in their last four Friday games. Philadelphia is also 7-20 in Morgan’s last 27 starts, and 1-7 in Morgan’s last eight home starts. 

I’m not too thrilled about either pitcher here, so this should be a higher-scoring game. That said, I’ll take the Marlins to eke out a win in this one.

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