Vince Velasquez (4-1, 2.70 ERA) is on the hill for the Philadelphia Phillies (22-17) as they square off against Wei-Yin Chen (3-1, 4.40 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (21-17) in the second of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins won the last game 5-3, and Miami leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on CSPh and FSFL.
Velasquez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-4 win over the Braves. Odubel Herrera (.343, 25 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. Chen went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 12 and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Brewers in his last outing. Marcell Ozuna (.308, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Philadelphia and Miami are Marlins -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA
The Phillies hold an 11-8 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Marlins' record in these matchups is 9-11.
The Phillies managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are coming in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Marlins have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Marlins have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 13-2. The Marlins have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 129 this season. Miami ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 159.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 101 this season. Miami ranks in the top half with 117.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 16-8, well-matched with the Marlins who are 17-8 when hitting one or more homers.