Miami Marlins (3-10) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 21, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +120 / Miami Marlins -130 --- Over/Under: 8
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins face off on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park for game one of their MLB series of NL East teams.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in rebuilding mode and they may be taking their share of lumps this season. The Phillies are 3-3 at home, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are six games back in the NL east standings. As a team the Phillies are hitting .212 with Cody Asche hitting .350, Freddy Galvis hitting .318, and Odubel Herrera hitting .302. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 4.88 and the bullpen at 2.63. For game one against the Marlins the Phillies start Jerome Williams who has allowed 15 hits and five runs while striking out seven over 11.0 innings for a 0-1 record and a 4.09 ERA.
The Miami Marlins had reasonable hopes this season but it has been a slow start as they sit in last place in the NL East standings. The marlins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, they have been outscored by 15 runs, and they have lost their last four games. As a team the Marlins are hitting .240 with Dee Gordon hitting .389, Martin Prado hitting .277, and Marcell Ozuna hitting .263. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 5.10 with the starters at 5.23 and the bullpen at 4.91. For game one against the Phillies the Marlins start Dan Haren who has allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out seven over 13 innings for a 1-0 record and a 2.08 ERA.
Philadelphia is 1-7 in their last eight games as an underdog, 2-6 in game one of a series, and 7-3 in Williams last 10 starts. Miami is 6-2 following an off day, 7-19 in their last 26 games, and 0-4 in their last four road games. Miami is 11-30 in their last 41 games in Philadelphia.
It’s tough to love games involving two teams playing poorly but I give Miami a slight edge in this one I probably won’t touch.