The Miami Marlins try to avoid a two-game losing streak when they face the host Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a three-game series between National League East rivals on Tuesday night. The first pitch for the series opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The Marlins split a four-game series with the Washington Nationals over the weekend, dropping the finale 5-1 on Sunday. The loss dropped Miami to 33-44. It is in last place in the NL East, 3½ games behind the fourth-place Phillies.
Philadelphia is coming off a 12-4 loss at Cincinnati in a makeup game on Monday night. The Phillies are 36-40 and a half-game behind the third-place Atlanta Braves and two games behind the second-place Nationals.
The MLB odds for the series opener have the Marlins with a moneyline of -110 while the Phillies are even. The over/under for the game has been set at nine runs.
Left-hander Trevor Rogers will take the mound for the series opener, bringing a 7-4 record and 2.08 ERA to the contest. Rogers, whose ERA ranks seventh in baseball, has 101 strikeouts and 28 walks in 86.2 innings.
Rogers has two starts against the Phillies this season, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He took a loss in his last start, facing Toronto on Wednesday. He went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits in a 3-1 Miami loss.
Outfielder Adam Duvall is leading the Marlins in both home runs (16) and RBIs (53) while batting .216. He is 0-for-5 with four strikeouts over his last two games, and his 83 strikeouts are tied for the fourth-most in the National League.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar has a team-best .260 batting average, along with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs. Outfielder Starling Marte has six home runs, 18 RBIs and 34 runs scored in 41 games, but he went 0-for-14 in the four-game series with the Nationals.
The Philadelphia bullpen is working on setting records, but not good ones. On Monday night, the Phillies became the first team to blow seven saves in a six-game span since Houston in September 1995. The ups and downs of getting leads and blowing saves over the last week are taking their toll on the team.
“I’ve said all along that this team is pretty good about bouncing back the next day,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said after Monday’s loss. “But it’s extremely frustrating. I mean, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s really frustrating.”
Philadelphia will turn to right-hander Vince Velasquez on Tuesday. The 29-year-old is 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 11 starts and 15 total appearances. He has 64 strikeouts and 33 walks in 57 innings.
Velasquez is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four starts in June. His last outing was Wednesday against Washington, as he went 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on three hits while striking out five and walking two. He took a no-decision in a 13-12 Philadelphia loss.
Third baseman Alec Bohm led the offensive effort on Monday night, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Bohm has 11 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBIs and 32 runs scored in 74 games.
Outfielder Bryce Harper returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday with tightness and swelling in his left calf. Harper was hit in that leg by a pitch on Saturday night and left the game. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Monday and has three home runs in his last six games, giving him 11 homers and 21 RBIs.
The Marlins have won four of the seven meetings between these division rivals, including taking two of three in Philadelphia. Cody Poteet (2-3) and Zach Thompson (2-2) will get the starts on Wednesday and Thursday for the Marlins, while the Phillies will have Aaron Nola (5-4) and Zach Eflin (2-6) going for them.
If Miami can get to the Phillies’ bullpen, it can take on a taxed bunch that has been struggling. It will be on the Philadelphia starters to try to help out by going deep in games.
The series prices for this three-game set have the Phillies at -135 while the Marlins are listed at +105.
Phillies Take Opener
Philadelphia has been playing well enough to win games except for its bullpen. The Phillies should be able to scratch out some runs against Rogers and get the victory in the series opener Tuesday.
When making your MLB betting picks, take Philadelphia to get the win at home.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies (Ev)