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Marlins vs. Phillies: Game 29 Thread

Marlins look to win their third straight series.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have won their last four while the Philadelphia Phillies have lost their last three, yet both teams have been pleasant surprises so far with winning records. Tonight should be another feisty contest between two rivals vying for what may right now be the toughest division in baseball.

Pitching Matchup

Team Starter ERA FIP ZiPS Proj. ERA
PHI Jeremy Hellickson 4.88 4.93 4.73
MIA Tom Koehler 7.25 5.49 4.34

Tom Koehler and his 7.25 ERA will try to rebound after a disastrous 2 1/3 innings during which he gave up eight runs on eight hits against the Milwaukee Brewers. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hellickson boats a better ERA at 4.88, but he too has been largely inconsistent. In two previous starts at Marlins Park, he has combined for a 2.61 ERA but overall he has not beaten the Marlins in four starts.

Today's Lineups

Odubel Herrera - CF Derek Dietrich - 2B
Cesar Hernandez - 2B Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Maikel Franco - 3B Christian Yelich - LF
Ryan Howard - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Carlos Ruiz - C Justin Bour - 1B
Freddy Galvis - SS Marcell Ozuna - CF
David Lough - LF Chris Johnson - 3B
Jeremy Hellickson - RHP Jeff Mathis - C
Peter Bourjos - RF Tom Koehler - RHP

Derek Dietrich is back in the lead-off spot while Hech makes an interesting appearance in second. Jeff Mathis will call for Koehler and bats eighth.

Bold Prediction: Koehler earns his third victory as Fish squeak by 4-3.