Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies meet on Saturday in Miami for game two of their series. The Phillies are -145 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Miami Marlins are struggling this season and things didn’t get any better for them as they lost in extra innings on Friday. Placido Polanco had two hits, Juan Pierre had a hit, and Justin Ruggiano reached base twice on walks as the Marlins scored just one run on four hits. On the mound Ricky Nolasco allowed seven hits and a run while striking out one over six innings to not factor in the decision as Jon Rauch allowed three hits and two runs in the 10th inning to take the loss. For Saturday’s game Miami starts Jose Fernandez who had a no decision in his first outing. In his first outing of his career Fernandez allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight over five innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies aren’t looking like a contender so far this season but they got back to .500 with a win on Friday. Ryan Howard, Ben Revere, and Dominic Brown each had two hits as the Phillies scored three runs on 10 hits in all. On the mound John Lannan allowed three hits and a run while striking out two over six innings to not factor in the decision as Phillippe Aumont got the win and Jonathan Papelbon earned his second save of the year. For Saturday’s game Philadelphia goes with Cole Hamels who is still looking for his first win of the year. For the season Hamels has allowed 16 hits and 13 runs while striking out seven over 10.2 innings for a 10.97 ERA.
Miami is 16-36 in their last 52 games overall, 21-48 in their last 69 games as an underdog, and 0-5 in their last five home games. Philadelphia is 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games, 2-4 in their last six road games, and 5-2 in Hamels’ last seven road starts. Philadelphia is 6-1 in the last seven meetings of these two.
I’m not expecting much offense in this one and I have it staying under the total.