Friday, July 24, Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park; 7:05 p.m. ET
Miami Marlins Odds
The Marlins went 5-5 at Citizens Bank Park in 2019 and their young starting pitcher Friday has fared well against the Phillies. Right-handed starter Sandy Alcantara had a 6-14 record but accumulated a 3.88 ERA in 197 1/3 innings and was the club’s lone All-Star last season. Alcantara has pitched very well against the Phillies in his brief career, going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA. That includes a 2-0 record with a 1.32 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.
Miami must find ways to muster offense, which was an issue often last season. The Phillies feature one of the most fearsome lineups in the league. Manager Don Mattingly trusts his young starter to lead the way. “His stuff is as good as anyone,” Mattingly said. “I don’t care who you want to put out there. His stuff is as good as anyone’s.” The Marlins haven’t won on Opening Day since 2014.
Philadelphia Phillies odds
There aren’t many weak spots in this Phillies’ offense with Rhys Hoskins and shortstop Didi Gregorious to protect right fielder Bryce Harper. Right-hander Aaron Nola makes his third consecutive Opening Day start for the Phillies.
Former Marlins manager Joe Girardi, whose last stop was on the bench of the New York Yankees, debuts as Philadelphia skipper. Miami was 29th in the majors in runs scored last season while Nola appeared to be in strong form with five shutout innings against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
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