Miami Marlins versus Philadelphia Phillies 12th September 2017
Miami Marlins versus Philadelphia Phillies series preview starting 12th September @ Phillies. This match up features two teams going nowhere in the standings.
The Phillies are last and while the Marlins are second, are below .500 and have little chance at the post season.
All eyes will likely be on Giancarlo Stanton, who could surpass 60 home runs this season.
- In Tuesday’s opener, Dillon Peters goes for the Marlins versus Nick Pavetta for the Phillies. Peters is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, while Pavetta has struggled most of the season. He’s 5-10 with a 6.49 ERA and 22 home runs allowed in 111 innings.
- Wednesday’s game is the best chance for the Phillies to steal a win. Aaron Nola is on the mound, coming in at 10-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 148 innings. Don Straily gets the start for the Marlins. He’s 9-8 with a 3.95 ERA and has been hurt by the long ball, surrendering 26 in 161 2/3 innings.
- On Thursday, the Phillies send Jake Thompson and his 1-2 record with a 5.23 ERA to the hill. He will be opposed by Jose Urena, coming in at 13-6 with a 3.61 ERA and 4-1 over the last five starts.
Offensively, the Marlins big gun is Giancarlo Stanton, leading the league in home runs with 53 and 112 RBI. Marcell Ozuna adds to the one-two combo, batting .306 with 32 home runs and 109 RBI. Dee Gordon sets the table for the middle of the order, batting .302 with 50 stolen bases, while Christian Yelich is also part of the mix, adding 16 home runs and 14 stolen bases.
The Phillies have had tremendous production out of rookie Rhys Hoskins, who has 13 home runs in 29 games with a .725 slugging percentage. Cesar Hernandez has become a solid lead off hitter with a .288 average and 14 stolen bases. Others to watch are Odubel Herrera (37 doubles .290 average) and Tommy Joseph, who has added 21 home runs.
Cut to the Chase Prediction:
I see the Phillies avoiding a sweep by taking the middle game and Giancarlo Stanton is likely to add a home run or two, increasing his Major League lead and inch closer to 60.
NB: that the statistics are for games through Friday, September 8.