Tom Koehler (2-3, 7.25 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.88 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (16-12) and the Philadelphia Phillies (16-14) at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 6-4, and Miami leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and can be seen on CSPh and FSFL.
Koehler pitched 2.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs and walking two in a 14-5 defeat to the Brewers. Christian Yelich (.337, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Hellickson went 5.1 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out five and walking four in a 10-3 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing. Odubel Herrera (.330, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Miami and Philadelphia are Marlins -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Marlins have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA
The Marlins hold a 6-7 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Phillies' record in these matchups is 7-6.
The Miami batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Philadelphia has a record of 2-8 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Marlins have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Marlins have won their last four games while the Phillies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 9-2. The Marlins have a 13-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 94 this season. Miami ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 118.
Ranking 25th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. Miami ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 85.
The Marlins are 13-5 when they hit at least one home run. The Phillies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 13-7 record.