Miami Marlins (40-51) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (45-45)
July 18, 2021 1:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -140 / Miami Marlins +130; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back from a slow offensive outing after Saturday’s game was suspended at 2-2. Jesus Aguilar had a two-run home run while Miguel Rojas had a double and Starling Marte added two hits as well. Jorge Alfaro added a base knock as well to finish off the offense for the Fish in the game. Zach Thompson threw four shutout innings in the start before five different pitchers in relief. Pablo Lopez is expected to start here and is 5-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to pick up another win at home after Saturday’s suspension. Rhys Hoskins had a double with an RBI and Andrew McCutchen added an RBI as well. Bryce Harper had a double as well while Travis Jankowski added a pair of hits and Didi Gregorius added a base hit as well as the Phils had just six hits as a team in the game. Vince Velasquez threw five shutout inning in the start before Ranger Suarez blew the two-run cushion late forcing extra innings. Zack Wheeler will start here and is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA and 145 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 8-3 with a 1.74 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season.
Miami is 6-16 in their last 22 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 Sunday games. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a right-handed starter and 4-0 in their last 4 game four matchups while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games overall.
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Neither side looked all that impressive on Saturday, and the offenses haven’t been easy to trust for much of the season. However, Zach Wheeler gives the Phillies the advantage in most spots in the starting pitching department. I just think the inconsistencies for the Marlins at the dish combined with Philly getting their best pitcher on the mound makes the Phils the play here.