Two Games, Two Phillies Wins
The weekend is quickly approaching, but first, we must get through Thursday. At least we have a matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins to get us through it.
These teams are trending in opposite directions, but there are still major implications on the MLB playoff odds. Philadelphia looks to stay in a Wild-Card spot. The Marlins, on the other hand, plan to try to spoil that mission.
Phillies Look to Get the Brooms Out
The Philadelphia Phillies are red-hot as we enter the halfway mark of September. There are 20 games remaining in the 162-game schedule, and the Phillies are playing their best baseball at the right time. They are looking to complete the sweep against the Miami Marlins and win their sixth -straight game.
Hopefully, you like superheroes, as Noah Syndergaard will be the pitcher representing the Phillies. Thor is 9-9 this season with a 4.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 87 strikeouts through 121.0 IP. The 30-year-old has a 5.06 ERA on the road, where opponents hit .295 against him. Syndergaard has allowed 11 earned runs in his last three starts and has not pitched against a team over .500 since July 12.
Philadelphia is a great team on both the money line and against the spread. They are 74-68 against the spread and 36-30 on the road. The first game of the series was not covered, but Wednesday was. Philadelphia is 70-65-7 on the over. You have a team who makes bettors a lot of money with their MLB picks and parlays, but a pitcher who has struggled.
Which Pablo Lopez Will Show Up?
The Miami Marlins are of the most exciting teams to watch … when Sandy Alcantara is pitching, of course. Unfortunately for the 58-win team, he cannot pitch every day. For now, they must rely on Pablo Lopez and company.
Lopez will get the start Thursday. He is 8-10 in 2022, with a 4.04 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 151 strikeouts through 153.2 IP. The workhorse pitchers are worse at home with a 5.01 ERA. Think of ERA like you would gas prices; does 5.01 sound low enough for you?
So, which Pablo Lopez will we get? Will we get the one that allowed eight earned runs in his last outing against the New York Mets, or will we get the one who had a 0.39 ERA in four starts in April? This season has been the tale of halves for the RHP from Cabimas, Venezuela, and he has truly struggled since the magic he showed early.
Miami has struggled to cover the spread at 65-78 on the season. You expect more from a team that is always the underdog, but it scores 3.55 runs per game. The Marlins are 24-47 in trying to cover the spread at home, and 62-76-5 in the over/under. A struggling team and struggling pitcher look to prove the MLB lines wrong.
Phillies vs MarlinsHead-to-Head
Tonight will be game 19 between these teams out of the NL East. The Philadelphia Phillies are 12-6 during that span.
When betting online, you should note that both teams have covered a game thus far in the current three-game series. They are under hit in both games of the series in what will be the final time they play in 2022.
Phillies vs Marlins Game Information
- Game: Phillies (80-62) vs Marlins (58-85)
- Location: LoanDepot Park
- Day/Time: Thursday, Sep 15, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Marlins Live stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Marlins Betting Lines
N. Syndergaard -R
P. Lopez -R
Phillies vs Marlins Prediction
Lopez has to come back to life soon. Because the Miami Marlins’ offense struggles, let’s take the Marlins +1.5 (-140).
The Marlins are at home, and you know what they say, all good things must come to an end. The Philadelphia Phillies’ win streak will come to an end, and the struggles Lopez will do the same.
Our sportsbook may have the odds bounce around prior to the first pitch, but take the Marlins to cover the spread no matter the odds. .