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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (49-83) at Miami Marlins (66-66)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Ben Lively (1-5) (4.36) vs. O Despaigne (0-1) (3.70)

The Line: Miami Marlins -161 / Philadelphia Phillies +145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds


The Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins meet Thursday in MLB action at Marlins Park.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to play spoiler after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Phillies with 127 hits and 56 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 241 hits and 72 RBI. Ben Lively gets the ball, and he is 1-5 with a 4.36 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Lively’s first career game against the Marlins.  

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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Miami Marlins could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Marlins have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Miami Marlins have split their last 10 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads the Marlins with 156 hits and 25 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for 296 hits and 213 RBI. Odrisamer Despaigne gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.70 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Despaigne is 0-0 with a 8.44 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 10-22 in their last 32 during game 1 of a series, 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-7 in Livelys last 8 starts. The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 3-9 in their last 12 Thursday games and 13-3 in their last 16 home games. The Phillies are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Miami, 3-7 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

This pitching matchup isn't exactly great, so you simply have to back the better team. The Marlins have caught fire at home and will be eager to get back on the winning side after getting rocked in a series sweep by the Nationals. The Phillies just played a doubleheader Wednesday, and the lack of rest along with the travel doesn't help a team that's had a hard time winning regardless. Look for the Marlins offense to heat up again as they get a game above a .500 record.

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