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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (50-83) at Miami Marlins (66-67)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Nick Pivetta (5-9) (6.39) vs. Dillon Peters

The Line: Miami Marlins -162 / Philadelphia Phillies +152 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, FSFL

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

The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight games when allowing less than five runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Phillies with 129 hits and 56 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 243 hits and 72 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 5-9 with a 6.57 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Pivetta is 1-1 with a 12.15 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Marlins need a victory here to snap a rough four-game losing streak. The Marlins have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Miami Marlins have lost six of their last seven games when scoring less than six runs. Dee Gordon leads the Marlins with 159 hits and 25 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich have combined for 297 hits and 173 RBI. Dillon Peters will make his major league debut when he gets the ball tonight. Peters was 22-13 with a 2.40 ERA and 200 strikeouts in his minor league career.

The Phillies are 15-38 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series, 3-7 in Pivettas last 10 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-4 in Pivettas last 5 starts. The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League East 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.

Usually I don't pick pitchers who are making their major league debut, but the Miami Marlins are still the better team than the Phillies. It's also only a matter of time before the Marlins offense wakes up, as this was possibly the best offensive team in baseball for the month of August before falling apart the last four games. That won't last much longer. While I have no idea what to expect from Peters, I'm going to back the better team here at home. 

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