Final Score: Phillies 5, Marlins 0 Chart
Swordfish: Nick Pivetta (.213)
Flounder: Caleb Smith (-.179)
Play of the game: Maikel Franco 2-run single in the 1st (.157)
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|MIAMI MARLINS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Cesar Hernandez - 2B|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Scott Kingery - RF|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Rhys Hoskins - LF|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Odubel Herrera - CF|
|Cameron Maybin - RF||Maikel Franco - 3B|
|Miguel Rojas - SS||Jorge Alfaro - C|
|Bryan Holaday - C||Nick Pivetta - RHP|
|Caleb Smith - LHP||J.P. Crawford - SS|
The Marlins (2-4) take on the last place Phillies (1-4, enjoy it while you can) in a best of three in Philadelphia. It’s the home opener for the Phightin’ Phils, and they’re already having to plead with their fan base not to boo new manager Gabe Kapler.
The grass is not always greener.
Nick Pivetta will be on the mound for the Phillies, he was worth 1.1 fWAR last year for Philadelphia despite putting up an ugly 6.07 ERA/4.87 FIP. More importantly, this will be the second start for Caleb Smith, who delighted in his Marlins debut with five and a third’s innings pitched, one run on four hits, three walks and eight (!) punch outs.
Can we entertain the thought of Philadelphia actually finishing with a worse record than the Marlins this year?