After failing to get Wei-Yin Chen (5-4) back on track the Marlins will attempt to get Tom Koehler (6-8) back in winning form against the Phillies as they wrap up a four game series before heading home to face the Mets. Last night Chen, who post a 6.12 ERA in last his eight starts, gave up four runs in less than six innings of work. After winning the past two games in extra innings the Marlins lost 4-1 to the Phillies last night.
While the Marlins have been hot as of late they need a good start from Koehler to maintain their lead in the second wild card spot. However over his last four starts Koehler has posted a 7.88 ERA and has made it through five innings of work only once over those four starts.
Trending upwards is the Phillies Jerad Eickhoff (6-10), who aside from his awful start in Colorado and being winless in his last two starts, boasts a 2.34 ERA over his last nine starts. Eickhoff had lost his only start vs. Miami this season and in five career starts vs. the Marlins Eickhoff is 1-4 with a 2.81 ERA. It remains unknowns if the Marlins will make a move to bolster their rotation before the trade deadline.
Regardless Koehler needs to wake up in his last start against St. Louis he lasted only four innings while giving up four runs. Luckily for Koehler the Phillies have worst batting average at home with .218, but the Phillies bats did wake up last night. Koehler will look to put their bats back to sleep. In his two career starts against the Phillies Koehler is 0-1 with 1.93 ERA.
As seemingly the trend look for the Marlin's bats to carry the team.
|Team||Pitcher||ERA||FIP||ZIPs Projected ERA|
|MIAMI MARLINS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Odubel Herrera - CF|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Peter Bourjos - RF|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Maikel Franco - 3B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Derek Dietrich - 2B||Cameron Rupp - C|
|Chris Johnson - 1B||Cody Asche - LF|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Cesar Hernandez - 2B|
|Tom Koehler - RHP||Jerad Eickhoff - RHP|
- A.J. Ramos is one save from ting his career high of 32 saves, which he set last season.
- Ichiro Suzuki remains six hits away from 3,000.
- Since starting the season 5-11 the Marlins have gone 46-32, which is .590 winning percentage, only the Cubs and Giants boast a higher winning percentage over that time.
Bold Prediction: Marlins stay hot and outlast the Phillies 5-3