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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 6/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday June 22, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
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The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game NL East division set from Citizens’ Bank Park on Saturday.

The Miami Marlins will look to keep the ball rolling after earning a 2-1 win in the series opener on Friday. Bryan Holaday had a solo home run while Brian Anderson added a double. Miguel Rojas, Harold Ramirez, Starlin Castro and Cesar Puello each had base hits to cap off Miami’s offense as the Fish had just six hits as a team in the win. Sandy Alcantara got the win to improve to 4-6 on the year after allowing one run on eight hits while walking four and striking out six over 7.2 innings of work while Sergio Romo closed the 9th for his 14th save of the year. Elieser Hernandez will start game two and is 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Hernandez’s first career start against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look for a bounce back performance after dropping game one on Friday. Rhys Hoskins went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 3 and Scott Kingery and Roman Quinn each had a double. Bryce Harper and Jean Segura each had a base hit to cap off the Phillies’ offense as a team in the loss. Aaron Nola took the loss, falling to 6-2 on the year after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out ten over eight innings of work. Vince Velasquez will start game two and is 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. In his career, Velasquez is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 55 strikeouts against Miami.

Miami is 0-7 in Hernandez’s last 7 starts and 19-47 in their last 66 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. Philadelphia is 1-4 in Velasquez’s last 5 starts and 0-4 in their last 4 division games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Part of me was tempted to side with the Phillies at home, but Velasquez has allowed 12 runs in 10 innings in his last three starts, including four runs in just 2.1 innings last time up. Miami just keeps finding ways to pull out surprising victories, and Hernandez hasn’t had much luck, giving up five runs in 11.2 innings in his last two starts, which is pretty good, if you get more than one run of support like Hernandez got. I think this is where the luck turns as Miami pulls out another surprising win over the Phillies on Saturday.

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