Jake Esch (0-0, 4.15 ERA) and Jerad Eickhoff (9-13, 3.90 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (68-69) and the Philadelphia Phillies (60-76) at Marlins Park. The Phillies come into this series hoping to snap a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on CSPh and FSFL.
Esch pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking three in a 5-2 defeat to the Mets. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Eickhoff went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing. Maikel Franco (.250, 55 Rs, 22 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Marlins hold a 23-31 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Phillies' record in these matchups is 23-33.
The Marlins managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Phillies who are coming in with a 2-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 9-43. The Phillies have a 14-62 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Miami ranks 28th with 112 homers and Philadelphia is 25th with 136.
Miami and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Miami sits at 24th with 387 this season and Philadelphia ranks 29th with 339.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 48-34, well-matched with the Phillies who are 50-42 when hitting one or more homers.