Philadelphia Phillies Odds
The Phillies open a mind-boggling seven-game, five-day series against the Marlins on Thursday. The power-packed set was necessitated by a trio of coronavirus-related postponements last month.
Rhys Hoskins has enjoyed a blistering stretch over the past three weeks, belting eight homers to go along with 15 RBIs and 17 runs in his past 18 games. Former Marlin J.T. Realmuto has crossed the plate 13 times in his last dozen contests. Didi Gregorius belted a pair of solo homers among his four hits in Philadelphia’s season-opening series versus Miami.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-4, 5.67 ERA) enters his Thursday outing with a sizzling 8-1 record and a 3.55 ERA in 11 career starts versus the Marlins. The 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner is 6-1 with a 3.40 ERA in seven starts in Miami.
Miami Marlins Odds
Sure, it’s stating the obvious, but Miami would be wise to shore up its defense and put forth some better pitching on Thursday. After all, the Marlins were gashed for 11 runs in the second inning on Wednesday, and it got progressively worse from there in a 29-9 loss to Atlanta.
Jesus Aguilar, who collected three hits in the lopsided loss, belted a pair of homers to help Miami take two of three from Philadelphia in the teams’ late-July series. Former Phillie Jorge Alfaro has recorded back-to-back two-hit, two-RBI performances after going 1-for-17 with nine strikeouts in his previous six games.
Right-hander Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 3.78 ERA) will get the nod after allowing one run on three hits in six innings during a 7-3 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday. The 25-year-old yielded two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings during Miami’s 5-2 win at Philadelphia on July 24 to improve to 4-1 in his career against the Phillies with a 2.51 ERA.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick for September 10, 2020
While the Phillies have won 12 of their past 16 games overall, they have struggled mightily in recent meetings with Miami. They own just five wins in their past 15 encounters with their NL East rival.
The Marlins would like to forget Wednesday’s woeful performance when they begin a critical 11-day, 15-game homestand on Thursday.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick: Phillies (-108), Marlins (-107)
Phillies 6, Marlins 5
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet for September 10, 2020
Let’s consider that the Phillies’ bullpen has been extremely generous all season, and the Marlins’ pitchers likely sustained a bit of whiplash after turning their necks to watch seven homers leave the park on Wednesday.
With that said, it stands to reason that the scoreboard operator likely will be busy on Thursday.
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet: OVER 9 total runs (-113)