Cole Hamels (0-2, 5.00 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (5-9) go up against Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.76 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (3-11) in the second of a three-game division series at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins lost the last game 7-3, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 22 and will air on TCN-PHI and FSN-FL.
Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.17 ERA, 224 strikeouts and 55 walks against the Marlins in his career. Freddy Galvis (.319, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Marlins were unsuccessful to the Mets 7-5 the last time Cosart pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking one. Dee Gordon (.390, 8 Rs, 9 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Marlins, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one stolen base.
Philadelphia, a -133 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Miami. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. Against teams in the NL East, they have an SU record of 3-7. Don't expect the Philadelphia hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.6 strikeouts per game. As for the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Citizens Bank Park, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per home game.
Across the field, the Marlins have a weak record of 0-5 when they are the underdog and are -840 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 0-5 record.
The only other game between the two teams went Philadelphia's way. This game will feature Cosart (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have a 3-8 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - PHI, O/U - Over
The Phillies and Marlins both hold losing records against teams in the NL East. The Phillies sit at 4-7 in these matchups and the Marlins have a 2-9 record.
The Marlins are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Miami batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Philadelphia has a record of 1-4 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 3-4. The Phillies have a 3-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 39 this season. Miami ranks in the top half at 14th with 53.
Ranking 16th, Philadelphia is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 37 this season. Miami ranks in the top half at 14th with 38.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 2-2. When the Marlins hit at least one homer, they have a 1-5 record.