Phillies Struggling to Get a Victory
The Miami Marlins look to make it two wins in a row when they host the Philadelphia Phillies for the second of a four-game weekend series between NL East rivals. The Marlins took the series opener on Thursday night, 4-3, to snap a three-game losing streak. The Phillies have now dropped three straight and they are looking to get back on the winning track in this one. Thursday’s game was tight throughout, so before you decide how to bet online on this game, take a look at our in-depth preview.
Phillies Get Hits but Not Enough Runs
The bright side of the series opener for the Philadelphia Phillies was the 11 hits the team was able to get against Miami Marlins pitching. Unfortunately, they only resulted in three runs, leading to another loss.
Still, players like J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorious had multi-hit games, while Bryce Harper drove in all three of the team’s runs. Harper only had one hit, but it was a two-run double in the seventh inning that pulled Philadelphia within a run.
The Phillies would like to see Harper get going, as he’s started very slowly in 2022. The 29-year-old is batting just .160 with one home run and five RBIs after Thursday’s performance. He does have a three-game hit streak, but multiple hits in a contest would certainly help power the Philadelphia offense a little more.
Right-hander Zach Eflin will try to right the ship when he makes his second start of the season on Friday night. Eflin took a no-decision in his first appearance, going four innings and allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three and walking two.
Marlins Relax at Home, Find Success
The Miami Marlins had been pressing as they tried to get out to a fast start to the 2022 campaign. At least that’s how outfielder Garrett Cooper saw it, and now that the team is home and a little more relaxed, they might be able to do better.
“There’s a fine line between trying to do what you want to do and what you execute,” Cooper said after hitting his first home run of the season in Thursday’s win. “The first few games, coming out of spring training, it was just guys trying to do too much, trying to be the hero. Just play baseball, do what you do.”
The pitching of Sandy Alcantara helped, as he limited the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs over his 6⅓ innings on the mound.
Looking to follow up that performance will be right-hander Pablo Lopez, making his second start of the campaign on Friday. Lopez had a solid outing against the San Francisco Giants in his season debut on Saturday, going five innings and allowing one run on three hits while striking out six and walking one.
Third baseman Joey Wendle had two RBIs in Thursday’s win, his first of the year. Wendle is batting .400 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Phillies vs Marlins Head-to-Head
The Miami Marlins have now won three straight against the Philadelphia Phillies at LoanDepot Park, taking the final two meetings between the teams there last season. Philadelphia is 13-23 in Miami since the beginning of the 2018 campaign.
The Marlins have won five of the last seven games no matter the venue between the NL East rivals dating back to last season. That trend may be why the MLB lines are leaning towards Miami winning on Friday night as well.
Phillies vs Marlins Game Information
- Game: Phillies (3-4) vs Marlins (2-4)
- Location: LoanDepot park
- Day/Time: Friday, April 15, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Marlins Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Philadelphia Phillies |
Z. Eflin -R
|+1½ -190||+113||7½ -115o||3½ -125o |
|Miami Marlins |
P. Lopez -R
|-1½ +160||-123||7½ -105u||3½ -145o |
Phillies vs Marlins Prediction
Playing at home seems to have woken up the Miami Marlins a bit, and they looked a lot better in all aspects on Thursday night. The Philadelphia Phillies continue to struggle to put together hits and produce runs, and until they do, we’re sticking with the Marlins,
When making your MLB picks, take Miami to pick up the win at home.