Kendry Flores (1-1, 2.35 ERA) and Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (50-71) and the Philadelphia Phillies (47-74) at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 9-7 and Miami leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSFL and CSPh.
Flores pitched 0.1 inning in his last outing, surrendering zero runs in a 9-6 win over the Brewers. Justin Bour (.250, 25 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. This is the first time Eickhoff will take the hill this season. Jeff Francoeur (.280, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Miami is a -135 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 -1,936 and a record as the favorite of 21-24. Miami has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Marlins have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. The Marlins lead the MLB in extra base hits with 284. Miami is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 87 bases.
In the other locker room, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -571 and a disappointing record of 42-66 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 15-24 record against NL East rivals, and a 4-6 record SU. Philadelphia is excellent at not striking out with just 7.4 per game, ranking fourth in the NL. The Phillies average 5.0 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 4.1 against division foes.
The Marlins have a 39-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eickhoff takes the mound. Flores (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 36-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Mia, O/U - Over
The Marlins currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 17-28, and the Phillies have an 18-27 record.
The Marlins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Phillies who are coming in with a 12-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 10-45. The Phillies have a 16-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Miami ranks 29th with 89 homers and Philadelphia is 28th with 90.
Ranking sixth, Miami is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.65 per game. Philadelphia ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.68.
Miami and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Miami sits at 25th with an OPS of .689 and Philadelphia ranks 26th with an OPS of .688.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 22-53, well-matched with the Marlins who are 23-44 when allowing at least one homer.