Philadelphia Phillies Odds
After losing both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader to switch spots with the Marlins in the National League East, the third-place Phillies (23-22) will look to regain the No. 2 spot — which is an automatic playoff position — in the finale of a marathon seven-game series.
The Phillies will enjoy the fact that Monday’s game is scheduled for nine innings. They have failed miserably in the new seven-inning doubleheader format, going just 3-9 in those games. On the other hand, they are 20-13 on days when only one game has been scheduled.
The Phillies will send right-hander Vince Velasquez (0-0, 5.85 ERA) to the mound in the series finale. He hasn’t pitched since, coincidentally, the second game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, when he took a no-decision in a 5-2 loss to Boston. Velasquez has more wins against Miami (four) than any other team in his career.
Miami Marlins Odds
The Marlins (23-21) ended an 11-day run in third place with a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday that vaulted them a half-game ahead of their rivals on the eve of Monday’s finale of a seven-game series. Miami has won four of the first six in the series.
Miami played nine games last week, during which Brian Anderson (12), Jesus Aguilar (11) and Miguel Rojas (11) combined for 34 hits. Anderson hit .500 during the week and also walked five times.
Pablo Lopez (3-4, 4.50 ERA) is coming off his two worst outings of the season, having served up a total of 12 runs on nine hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings in losses to Tampa Bay and Atlanta. He has made three career starts against the Phillies and never won, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick for September 14, 2020
Lopez has faced Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura a total of 21 times in their careers. The Phillies trio has eight hits, including two doubles, two triples and a homer, and seven RBIs to show for those head-to-heads. Velasquez usually beats the Marlins; the Phillies always beat Lopez.
Phillies at Marlins Betting Pick: Phillies (no line), Marlins (no line)
Phillies 5, Marlins 3
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet for September 14, 2020
In their seventh meeting in five days, you’d think both bullpens would be exhausted. But with expanded rosters this season, actually it’s the front-line hitters who are getting overused. Two teams looking to get their marathon over with won’t be sprinting to the finish.
Phillies at Marlins Best Bet: UNDER the run total (no line) for the game