Coming off of a 14-5 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night, the Miami Marlins will look to win the series in game three on Thursday afternoon. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Marlins.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Phillies||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Henderson Alvarez is still looking to become consistent, and should be able to do so by throwing his fastball and sinker down in the strike zone frequently. In his last start, Alvarez went six innings and gave up five runs while striking out four San Francisco Giants.
Cole Hamels was dominant in his last start against the Reds, during which he went seven innings and gave up one run while walking two and striking out ten. Miami hasn't fared well against left-handed starters for most of the year.
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Jimmy Rollins - SS||C. Yelich - LF|
|Wil Nieves - C||Ed Lucas - 2B|
|Chase Utley - 2B||G. Stanton - RF|
|Ryan Howard - 1B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Marlon Byrd - RF||Jeff Baker - 1B|
|Cody Asche - 3B||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Domonic Brown - LF||A. Hechavarria - SS|
|Ben Revere - CF||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Cole Hamels - LHP||H. Alvarez - RHP|
Miami scored 14 runs on Wednesday night, and will look to continue their offensive success against Hamels on Thursday. Against the Phillies' lefty, Ed Lucas is getting the start at second base in place of Derek Dietrich. Jeff Baker replaces a hot Garrett Jones at first, and Jeff Mathis will give Jarrod Saltalamacchia a day off behind the plate.
Will Nieves will bat second and be behind the plate for the Phillies.
-Can the Marlins score against Hamels? Miami scored 14 runs on Wednesday, but Hamels has had success against the Marlins in his career.
-How will Alvarez pitch? Eovaldi went six innings on Wednesday night, and the Marlins could use an extended quality start.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Phillies 5-2