Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies Prediction and Pick
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable Pitchers: Ranger Suarez (7-5, 1.45 ERA) vs. Sandy Alcantara (9-14, 3.09 ERA)
Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies Prediction
A somber mood most certainly has to be hovering throughout the Phillies clubhouse after a brutal past three days that saw them swept in Atlanta to officially bow out of the race for the NL East division crown.
And now a quick turnaround will see them travel to South Beach and finish out the chute, starting with tonight’s date right off the bat opposite the former All-Star Alcantara, who is poised to close strong.
If you think this is a meaningless start, think again. No matter what, Alcantara is the type to always churn out a strong effort, but on this particular evening, if he can simply churn out five K’s, he’d become the first Marlins pitcher in nearly 20 years to reach the 200-strikeout and 200-inning plateaus. Additionally, only four pitchers have accomplished this in team history.
Alcantara enters this assignment hot, too, having notched a quality start in all but one of his last nine starts. How is a deflated Philly lineup going to handle that? Well, probably not very well at all.
So it appears like we can entrust the hard-throwing righty for yet another nice performance. How about the other side?
Suarez has been nothing but steady since moving into the starting rotation. In fact, that’s a move that has paid off brilliantly, as the right-hander’s pitched to the tune of a shiny 1.69 ERA in his 11 assignments.
Most notably, only one ball — one! — went beyond the outfield fences during these turns, spanning 58.2 innings, making it highly unlikely the Marlins crank one out.
Remember, also, that Miami has walloped the third-fewest taters in baseball against left-handed pitching. Unfortunately, this is a department where they’ve consistently struggled, sitting second from the bottom in team OPS (.655) and batting average (.226).
Like his counterpart, Suarez comes in on a groove as well. Specifically, he’ll be following up his most impressive performance as a Major Leaguer, hurling a four-hit, seven-strikeout shutout, albeit opposite the Pirates. Still notable, though.
The low total of 7 might seem odd at first glance, but it’s deservedly at that number. Solid pitching shall dictate why this is so.
Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick
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2021 MLB Over/Under Betting Record*: “86-73-10,” +4.38 units
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