Marlins vs. Phillies Prediction
The first-place Philadelphia Phillies extended their winning streak to three games last night with a second straight home win over the Miami Marlins. Will Philadelphia take care of business as favorites once again today?
955 Miami Marlins at 956 Philadelphia Phillies
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Citizens Bank Park at 7:05PM ET
TV: NBC 10 (PHI)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Phillies are a -159 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Marlins are a +149 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Saturday morning, 74 percent of public bets are being placed on host Philadelphia. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Velasquez outstanding in win
Philadelphia starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez threw 6 1/3 shutout innings Friday night in a 5-1 victory, giving up only two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Seranthony Dominguez threw threw the final 1 1/3 innings for his 12th save, striking out one and walking one. Cesar Hernandez was 0-for-3, but drew two walks and scored a run from the top of the order. Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Nick Williams finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jorge Alfaro was 2-for-3 with a walk plus a run and an RBI.
Anderson has two-hit night
Brian Anderson paced Miami in Friday's loss as he finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Magneuris Sierra was 1-for-3 and scored the lone run. Trevor Richards suffered the loss as he allowed one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Starting today for the Marlins will be Jose Urena (3-10, 4.40 ERA), while Philadelphia turns to Zach Eflin (7-3, 3.64).
MLB Betting Trends
The Marlins are 23-47 in their last 70 road games. Miami is 8-20 in Urena's last 28 starts0.
The Phillies are 40-19 in their last 59 home games. Philadelphia is 4-0 in its last four home games versus a right-handed starter.
Philadelphia has been getting timely hitting and strong starting pitching the last few games and that shouldn't change with Eflin taking his turn. While Eflin has had some hiccups this season, his improved velocity has allowed him to get the job done more times than not. Urena has had a rocky season and this is not an ideal road matchup for him. Go with the favored hosts in this one.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES -159