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Rhys Hoskins aims to continue his hot hand while Bryce Harper bids to slide out of his ice-cold funk on Saturday when Philadelphia plays the fourth contest of its seven-game series versus Miami. Hoskins hit a three-run homer in the Phillies’ 11-0 romp in the opener of a doubleheader on Friday before being held in check in Philadelphia’s 5-3 setback in the nightcap.
While Hoskins has nine homers and 19 RBIs in his past 18 games, Harper is mired in a 10-for-69 (.145) slump in his past 22 contests. Harper appears light years away from the stellar play that highlighted his 2015 National League MVP campaign — or last year for that matter. He is 3-for-19 (.158) in six games versus Miami this season.
Rookie Spencer Howard (1-2, 5.66 ERA) will draw the start on Saturday in place of fellow right-hander Zack Wheeler, who ripped a fingernail on the middle finger of his pitching hand while putting on his pants. Howard, 24, has yet to work past five innings in any of his major league five starts.
Miami Marlins Odds
Former Phillie Jorge Alfaro recorded his fourth straight multiple-RBI performance on Friday to help Miami salvage a split of the doubleheader. The 27-year-old is 3-for-8 with four RBIs in the series against Philadelphia, with which he spent parts of three seasons (2016-18).
Starling Marte has done quite well in the series, ripping a three-run double in the opener on Thursday and going 4-for-10 with two doubles and five RBIs overall. Garrett Cooper is 7-for-18 with one homer, three RBIs and five runs in his past five games.
Right-hander Jose Urena (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will look to celebrate his 29th birthday in style when he makes his second start of the season Saturday. Urena allowed three runs in five innings against Atlanta on Monday in his season debut after recovering from COVID-19. He sports a 3-5 record with a 4.27 ERA in 17 career appearances (12 starts) versus Philadelphia.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick for September 12, 2020
Miami has won only four of 14 contests at home this season, but two of the wins have come at the expense of Philadelphia to begin a season-high, 15-game homestand. The Marlins’ 10-hit attack in the nightcap Friday looks encouraging, too.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick: Phillies (-120), Marlins (+110)
Marlins 6, Phillies 4
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet for September 12, 2020
Wheeler’s inability to successfully put on his pants and the fact that five Phillies pitchers were required to work through the six innings in the second game Friday could cause problems for the much-maligned Philadelphia bullpen if Howard can’t venture deep into Saturday’s game.
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet: OVER 9 total runs (-112)