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Phillies vs Marlins: Game 138 Thread

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Sitting five games back of the second Wild Card with only 24 games remaining, the Marlins playoff hopes have almost completely diminished. In the remaining month, Miami will hope to find some diamonds in the rough of their younger players and prospects.

Enter José Ureña.

This makes the third Ureña start that I've covered this season. The first of those was five and two thirds of one-run baseball against these Phils. The second, five runs over six innings against the lowly Reds. How will he fare this time?

Pitching Matchup
Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
PHI Adam Morgan 6.21 5.46 5.86
MIA José Ureña 5.40 4.70 4.58

Ureña (3-4) has faired a lot better since that lowly start against the Reds last month. The 24-year-old has given up only four runs over 17.2 innings in his past three starts. Perhaps Ureña is finally finding his groove. His fastball is consistently hitting 95 mph and has had nice sink to it. Location has always been the problem; when he leaves his pitches hanging, they tend to get pounded.

Morgan (1-9) has been getting crushed this year. He's giving up more than two home runs per nine innings, and he has a BABIP of .328. But last week was one of Morgan's best starts of the season, as he gave up only two runs to the Nationals over his six and two thirds innings.

Today's Lineups

Cesar Hernandez - 2B Dee Gordon - 2B
Odubel Herrera - CF Destin Hood - LF
Maikel Franco - 3B Martin Prado - 3B
Tommy Joseph - 1B Christian Yelich - CF
Freddy Galvis - SS Jeff Francoeur - RF
A.J. Ellis - C J.T. Realmuto - C
Peter Bourjos - RF Xavier Scruggs - 1B
Tyler Goeddel - LF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Adam Morgan - LHP Jose Urena - RHP

The once mighty Marlins outfield features Destin Hood and Jeff Francoeur tonight.

Bold Prediction: Ureña stays hot and continues to silence his many, many Fish Stripes critics in a 7-2 win.