Series Preview: Phillies welcome the Marlins to town for a 3-game set with a premiere pitching matchup TONIGHT
A premiere pitching matchup is on the menu tonight at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies welcome the Miami Marlins to town for a 3-game series. Aaron Nola (4-4, 3.50 ERA) is set to get the ball for the Phillies, going up against Sandy Alcantara (6-2, 1.61 ERA).
The Phillies snapped their 9-game winning streak yesterday in brutal fashion during the series finale vs the Diamondbacks. Ranger was shaky, the bullpen was shaky, and the bats finally cooled off for the first time in nearly two weeks. Although Sunday was rough for Philadelphia, the series was not, as the Phillies scored 11 runs prior, securing two wins.
Coming into a new series, it’s time for the real Rob Thomson test. The Phillies are welcoming their worst nightmare to town in the Miami Marlins. Why can’t this team ever beat the Marlins? I don’t know, but the Phils’ bats will look to crush two very good pitchers this week in Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez.
“Lay of the Day”
- Aaron Nola OVER 6.5 Strikeouts (-142)
- Bryce Harper 1+ Hit (-250)
- Jazz Chisholm 1+ Hit (-230)
- Kyle Schwarber 1+ Hit (-180)
- Bryson Stott 1+ Hit (-150)
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Series Pitching Matchups
- Monday (7:05 EST): Aaron Nola vs Sandy Alcantara
- Tuesday (7:05 EST): Zach Eflin vs Trevor Rogers
- Wednesday (1:05 EST): Kyle Gibson vs Pablo Lopez
Aaron Nola vs Sandy Alcantara
Tonight’s pitching matchup is one of the best we’ve seen this season. Aaron Nola takes the hill for the Phillies, coming off a great start in Milwaukee where he went 8 innings strong, allowing just 4 hits. Nola has been shaky at home this season, holding a 2-1 record with a 4.41 ERA and 42 strikeouts. This season, Nola holds a 3.50 ERA with 85 strikeouts (4th best in MLB).
Sandy Alcantara gets the ball for the Marlins, kicking off another game in his early-season Cy-Young campaign. Alcantara has been fantastic this season, holding a 6-2 record with a 1.61 ERA (2nd in MLB). He’s struck out 77 batters and has a 2-1 record on the road with a 2.05 road ERA. Alcantara is coming off a dominant start vs the Nationals, throwing 9 innings, allowing just six hits, and striking out six.
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Importance of Tonight’s Game
Tonight’s Phillies game is one of the most important games of the season. The Fightins sit at 30-30 on the year, with the Marlins trailing them in the NL East by just two games. Beating the Marlins has never been an easy task for the Phils. Coming off a brutal end to the 9-game win streak, tonight’s game will be the start of showing me who this team really is.
This lineup is facing Sandy Alcantara, who is no joke. But the Phils have also beat up on Zac Gallen and Corbin Burnes over the last week. Prior to yesterday’s loss, the Phillies put up 64 runs during their win streak. The offense needs to heat back up, jump on Alcantara early, and not look back.
The Marlins are currently 27-31 on the season, sit 11 games back of the Mets in the East, and have a +28 run differential. They hold a 13-14 record on the road and are coming off a loss, but a series win vs Houston.
The team is being led by Garrett Cooper (.315), Jorge Soler (12 HR), and Jazz Chisholm Jr (40 RBIs). They’re 14th in the league in batting average, 13th in home runs, and 13th in OPS. Sandy Alcantara has put the rotation on his back, leading in wins (6), ERA (1.61), and strikeouts (77).
Game 1 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Marlins||+1.5 (-188)||+116||O7.5 (-114)|
|Phillies||-1.5 (+155)||-136||U7.5 (-106)|
Phillies Starting Lineup
Lineup Notes: Nick Castellanos gets the night off, putting Odubel Herrera in right field. Bryson Stott plays second, Moniak starts in center, and Matt Vierling gets his second career start in the infield.
Phils win a pitcher’s duel. 4-2 Final.
- Series Prediction: Phils take 2 of 3
- Series MVP: JT Realmuto