Phillies Look to Keep Rolling
The Miami Marlins are a fading commodity as they’ve dropped seven of their last nine games and are now 21 games back in the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies keep cruising. Philadelphia has won its last five games and 10 out of 11. To just it all off, they’ve outscored their opponents 31-8.
Philly looks like the obvious bet versus the MLB betting odds here but is that the best option for your MLB picks in this one?
Garrett Hoping to Lead an Upset
Miami is starting Braxton Garrett and he hasn’t been successful this season. He’s 2-5 but his ERA is a respectable 3.88. We’ll see what he can do against a Phillies team that hits him well.
The Phillies only have 14 total at-bats against him but are hitting .567. Alec Bohm has a home run and Edmund Sosa is 3-for-4.
Garrett has had some trouble lately, struggling in his last two games – both against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched 10.2 innings in those outings and allowed seven runs.
The Marlins will need better from him against a lineup that’s red-hot right now. If you bet online, note that the Phillies have scored 31 runs in their last three games.
Phillies Send Out Wheeler
The Phillies will start Zack Wheeler, who has been one of the better pitchers in the league statistically.
He’s compiled a 10-5 record, a 2.69 ERA and 129 strikeouts across 120.2 innings. Those rankings are ninth, 12th, and 13th respectively when compared across the rest of the league. Not to mention that he’s 12th in WHIP at 1.01.
Wheeler will be getting an additional advantage to work with here as the Phillies have home field. At home, he’s 5-2 with a beautiful 1.58 ERA.
These are better numbers than he’s put up on the road, when he’s 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA. All in all, Philadelphia looks to be in good hands. Many signs point to the Phillies being the right choice versus the MLB odds here.
Marlins vs. Phillies Head-to-Head
The Phillies have won six of their 10 matchups against the Marlins, including their last three.
Marlins vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Marlins (49-59) vs Phillies (60-48)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Marlins vs Phillies Live stream: MLB.tv
Marlins vs Phillies Betting Lines
B. Garrett -L
|+1½ -105||+195||7½ -110o||2½ -130o
Z. Wheeler -R
|-1½ -115||-235||7½ -110u||4½ -115o
Marlins vs Phillies Prediction
Looking at each of these teams’ recent stretch of games, it’s clear that the Phillies have more momentum than the Marlins.
On top of that, Wheeler has proven to be one of the better pitchers in the league while Garrett struggles to find his way above .500.
If you’re aiming to pick a winner for this game, it’s hard to not roll with Philadelphia for this one. Wheeler should have them in a strong position to win the game by the time he’s relieved.
If you’re not up for laying all of the juice, consider the over as the Phillies’ bats are cooking right now.