The Marlins got shutout by the Phillies 2-0 tonight. The pitching was there for both teams and many things boiled down to little mistakes. There were base running mistakes on both sides, but they ultimately hurt the Marlins the most.
Wei-Yin Chen struck out a season high eight batters against the Phills. There were two questionable strike outs (thank you ump) but for the most part Chen had his stuff working. Chen was able to pick corners of the plate, inside pitches also stayed down for the most part.
Phillies 2, Marlins 0. Difference in the game right there: raise the launch angle a teeny tiny bit, Derek Dietrich would've had a 2-run HR.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 14, 2018
Guaranteed to finish 1st half of the season without sweeping any series.
2018 season record: 39-57 pic.twitter.com/u0t5ZuolV0
The Fish were limited to a paltry three hits. The one hit that meant anything belonged to Derek Dietrich. Sadly this hit would just bring heartache. The big double came in sixth inning, the ball came a mere inches away from being a two-run home run. Cameron Maybin was on first when this hit occurred. When he was advancing from first to second, he must of thought it was a home run because he was not running. When he did realize what was happening he kicked it into gear, but got thrown out at the plate. The Fish would not be able to score at any other time in the game.
Cameron Maybin was also picked off earlier in the game by Jake Arrieta. The Marlins need to capitalize anytime there is a runner on base. That is how their small ball has been working. These outs hurt the Fish greatly tonight and even worse it was on a night Chen pitched well. There was some great plays made tonight so I will leave you with these two highlights.
The Fish will send Trevor Richards to go up against Aaron Nola tomorrow at 4:10 Eastern time.
Kingfish: Jake Arrieta (.494 WPA).
Flounder: Starlin Castro (-.157).
Play of the game: Derek Dietrich’s double missing the top of the wall.
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Probable Pitching Matchup
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Cesar Hernandez - 2B||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Rhys Hoskins - LF||Brian Anderson - RF|
|Trevor Plouffe - RF||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Justin Bour - 1B|
|Scott Kingery - SS||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Jorge Alfaro - C||Garrett Cooper - LF|
|Maikel Franco - 3B||JT Riddle - SS|
|Aaron Altherr - CF||Cameron Maybin - CF|
|Jake Arrieta - RHP||Wei-Yin Chen - LHP|
The Marlins are going up against the first place team in the National League East...and it is not the Washington Nationals. That is right, the Philadelphia Phillies have overtaken the Nationals for first place. The Marlins have also been moving themselves, they are now currently tied for fourth place with the New York Mets.
The Fish propelled themselves into fourth, after a successful series against the Brewers. The Marlins won that series 2-1, against one of the hottest teams in the Majors. The Fish now look to set there sights on the Phillies, who are 3-2 in their last five games.
Wei-Yin Chen will be on the mound for the Fish tonight, he is coming off a rough start against the Nationals. Chen has been subpar at best and will be facing a tough lineup tonight. The Phillies have Jake Arrieta on the mound, he continues to have a great season. The Marlins will have to continue their great small ball play, if they want to score against Arrieta. The offense has been good and will look to carry the starting pitching tonight.
Game Thread Question:
Are Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich building blocks or trade pieces?