MLB Baseball Betting: Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins

Added September 22, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Two of the worst teams in Major League Baseball will go at it on Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies begin a three game series in South Florida against the Miami Marlins. This would be a completely forgettable matchup for both teams were it not for their futility all season long. They’re now vying to avoid finishing with the worst record in Major League Baseball. Miami is in pretty good shape to avoid this dubious distinction–they’re 8 games up on the last place Phillies. Philadelphia, meanwhile is 4 games back of Atlanta with the second worst record in baseball. Neither team is in especially good form at the moment–the Phillies are 2-8 in their last ten games and have lost six straight. The Marlins are 5-5 in their last 10 and have lost three straight.

The Phillies will start journeyman Aaron Harang and he’s been getting pummeled of late. Curiously, however, the Phillies have won two of his last three starts despite Harang’s 7.36 ERA in those games. He’s only averaging 4.9 innings per start over that timeframe so obviously he’s just expected to ‘eat innings’ and Philadelphia isn’t afraid to go to the bullpen early. Miami will go with veteran Tom Kohler who has pitched fairly well in the month of September. Kohler has a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts all of which were Marlins’ victories. One of the wins was against the miserable Milwaukee Brewers but two were against the front running Mets.

Philadelphia has gotten the better of Miami in head to head play this season. The Phillies have won 8 of 13 head to head including 4 of 7 in Miami. Hard to determine Philadelphia’s mindset at this point. Interim manager Pete Mackanin has just been extended through next season with a team option for 2017. This could go two ways–either the team responds favorably and plays better in the near term or they assume that they have nothing left to play for and pack it in for the year with the well liked Mackanin’s future determined. Still, you’d have to think that it would be important to Mackanin to not finish with the worst record if it is at all possible–and given the recent form of the Atlanta Braves it definitely is.


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