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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (73-73) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-82)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

J Urena (4-5) (4.89) vs. J Hellickson (11-9) (3.76)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -110 / Miami Marlins -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Over at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the MLB is bringing us another installment of the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies series. 

In Friday’s opener, the Phillies secured a walk-off, 13-inning victory 4-3. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


In Saturday’s game, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jose Urena make the start for Miami. Over 25 games and nine starts with a 4-6 record, Urena has logged a 4.89 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 73.2 innings. In his last start, Urena got a win with 8.2 innings, four hits and no earned against LA. 

Miami has some great hitters at their disposal. Martin Prado has hit 174 times with 68 runs and 70 RBI. Christian Yelich holds 160 hits with 72 runs and 91 RBI. JD Realmuto has hit 148 times with 44 RBI and 58 runs. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be getting another look at RHP Jeremy Hellickson. In his 29 starts and 11-9 record, Hellickson has put up a 3.76 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 172.1 innings. Against the Pirates in his last start, Hellickson recorded a win with 6.1 innings, three hits and one unearned run. 

The Phillies have a few standouts on their roster as well. Odubel Herrera has hit 149 times with 75 runs and 43 RBI. Cesar Hernandez is sitting on 142 hits with 59 runs and 36 RBI. Maikel Franco holds 129 hits with 56 runs, 22 homers and 75 RBI. 

The Marlins are 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series, and 1-5 in their last six Saturday games. Miami is also 4-10 in Urena’s last 14 starts, and 0-4 in Urena’s last four starts during game two of a series. 

As for the Phillies, they’re 5-12 in their last 17 Saturday games, and 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series. Philadelphia is also 7-1 in Hellickson’s last eight starts with four days’ rest, and 5-2 in Hellickson’s last seven home starts. 

This should be a relatively close game, but I like Hellickson in the pitching matchup here. I’ll take the Phillies for the victory.

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