Marlins vs Phillies Prediction - MLB Picks 9/8/23

Philadelphia Phillies (77-62) vs Miami Marlins (72-68)

Game Info: Friday, September 8, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Cristopher Sanchez (2-3) (3.48) vs Eury Perez (5-4) (2.86)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -143 / Miami Marlins +121 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Miami Marlins for game one of their divisional series this Friday from Citizens Bank Park.

Marlins Preview & Projected Starter

Miami moved to 72-68 after taking two of three from LAD. The Marlins stayed in thick of the NL playoff race with the strong showing against the Dodgers, and they’ll look to avoid tumbling this weekend in Philly. The Miami offense is scoring 4.02 runs per game, while batting .260, with a .321 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.10 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. 

Eury Perez (5-4, 2.86 ERA, 95 Ks) will get the call for Miami in game one. The rookie pitcher struggled in DC last week, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings, but he avoided the losing decision. Perez delivered a pair of scoreless outing prior to that outing, and he’ll attempt to revert to those ways in a tough spot in Philly here.   

Marlins Player Trends & Props

Luis Arraez has collected a hit in nine of the last ten games, and he’s leading the majors in batting (.353) and hits (185), with 63 RBI. 

Jake Burger has recorded a hit in six of the previous eight games, and he’s batting .306 with the Marlins, while tallying 31 home runs and 68 RBI for the season.

Bryan De La Cruz has produced a run in five of the last seven games, and he’s second on the team in both homers (18) and 71 runs batted in.

 

Phillies Preview & Projected Starter

Philadelphia moved to 77-62 after taking two of three from San Diego. The Phillies responded to a shutout loss with a strong two-way effort in the series finale, and they’ll look to further secure their playoff spot here this weekend. LThe Philly offense is scoring 4.13 runs per game, while batting .254, with a .322 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.98 ERA, with a 1.25 WHIP. 

Cristopher Sanchez (2-3, 3.48 ERA, 69 Ks) will get the nod for Philadelphia. The third-year lefty pitched well against St. Louis at home last time out, striking out six thru six innings, while holding them to two runs to earn his second victory. Sanchez has been robbed of over a handful of decisions this season, as he’s been a solid asset to the Phillies rotation since joining in late June. Sanchez has tossed six quality starts, and he’s held clubs to three runs or less in twelve of thirteen appearances. 

Phillies Player Trends & Props 

Bryce Harper has produced a run in eight of the last ten games, and he’s posting splits of .305/15/55.?

Bryson Stott has collected a hit in seven of the last ten games, and he’s posting a team-lead in hits (144), while batting .293, with 55 RBI.

Nick Castellanos has recorded a hit in seven of the previous ten games, and he’s posting a line of .275/22/83.

Kyle Schwarber has homered in six of the last ten games, and he’s among league leaders in homers (38), while leading the Phils in RBI (86).

Alex Bohm has scored a run in six of the previous seven games, and he’s third on the team in RBI (82), while hitting .279.

Corey’s Free Pick

If Jorge Soler is absent, the Marlins could find themselves in trouble this weekend, as they may have to face one of the best lineups in the league without their best power bat. Which Eury Perez comes out will also be interesting to see, as the rookie pitcher has proven capable, but he’s also slipped up in three of his last five starts. Miami might not get swept this weekend, but let’s roll with the hosting Phillies for this division battle.

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