Jarred Cosart (2-4, 4.43 ERA) and Alec Asher (0-4, 9.78 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (65-87) and the Philadelphia Phillies (57-95) at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 4-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 24 and can be seen on FSFL and CSPh.
Cosart pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 6-4 win over the Nationals. Dee Gordon (.332, 78 Rs, 3 HRs, 42 RBIs, 53 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 6 with one RBI. Asher went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 12-2 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing. Ryan Howard (.229, 53 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Miami is a -160 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Marlins have an overall money line of -1,519 and a record as the favorite of 26-29. Miami has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 12-17 and 29-40 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Marlins are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.7 per game. Miami is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 105 bases.
As for their opponent, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -1,370 and a disappointing record of 51-87 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 3-7 record, and a 3-7 record SU.
The Phillies lead the season series, 9-6. The Marlins have a 52-70 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Asher takes the mound. Cosart (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have inferior records against right-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 17-39 and 44-74, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Mia, O/U - Over
The Phillies currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 24-42, and the Marlins have a 29-40 record.
Philadelphia recorded at least two errors for the 26th time this season.
The Marlins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Phillies have a 24-60 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 13-57. The Phillies have an 18-73 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Miami sits at 29th with 113 home runs this season and Philadelphia ranks 28th with 119.
Ranking 10th, Philadelphia is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.48 per game. Miami ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.67.
Miami and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Miami sits at 28th with an OPS of .691 and Philadelphia ranks 29th with an OPS of .681.
The Phillies are 28-71 when they allow at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 28-58 record.