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Marlins vs. Phillies Series Preview

The second half of the 2021 season kicks off with a doubleheader in Philadelphia.

Miami Marlins right fielder Jesus Sanchez (76) hits an RBI single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  Photo by Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins jump right into the second half of the season with a doubleheader on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Those will be 7-inning games before wrapping up with the standard 9-inning games over the weekend. The Fish will look to get off on a hot start as we get closer to the July 30 trade deadline.

This series preview will give you all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Update: Sunday’s starter Pablo López was placed on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain. Braxton Garrett will start in his place.

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, July 16 at 4:05 pm & Game 2 to follow

Saturday, July 17 at 6:05 pm

Sunday, July 18 at 1:05 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 4 games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for all 4 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Friday (Game 1): RHP Sandy Alcantara vs. LHP Matt Moore

  • Alcantara: 3.09 ERA, 1.123 WHIP, 21.4 K%, 37.9 HardHit% in 116.2 IP
  • Moore: 5.40 ERA, 1.642 WHIP, 16.3 K%, 40.0 HardHit% in 31.2 IP

Friday (Game 2): LHP Ross Detwiler vs. RHP Zach Eflin

  • Detwiler: 4.32 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 27.1 K%, 32.2 HardHit% in 33.1 IP
  • Eflin: 3.88 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, 22.3 K%, 39.0 HardHit% in 102.0 IP

Saturday: RHP Zach Thompson vs. RHP Vince Velasquez

  • Thompson: 2.25 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 32.0 K%, 43.9 HardHit% in 24.0 IP
  • Velasquez: 5.35 ERA, 1.438 WHIP, 24.4 K%, 40.8 HardHit% in 72.1 IP

Sunday: RHP Pablo López vs. RHP Zack Wheeler

  • López: 3.03 ERA, 1.089 WHIP, 27.1 K%, 32.8 HardHit% in 101.0 IP
  • Wheeler: 2.26 ERA, 0.969 WHIP, 30.8 K%, 29.2 HardHit% in 119.2 IP

Recent Lineups

MIA Recent Lineups: Chisholm Jr., Marte, Cooper, Aguilar, Sánchez, Rojas, Alfaro, Panik. MIA Bench: Duvall, Sierra, Berti, León, Harrison. MIA IL: Anderson, Devers. PHI Recent Lineups: Segura, Realmuto, Harper, McCutchen, Gregorius, Hoskins, Miller, Jankowski. PHI Bench: Maton, Torreyes, Knapp, Williams. PHI IL: Joyce, Quinn, Bohm, Herrera.
Please note that both the Marlins and Phillies lineups listed here are by default the projections vs. RHP. The columns to the right with a red header are past lineups vs. LHP. Similarly, the columns to the right with a blue header are past lineups vs. RHP.

What to watch for on...

Friday: Win every day and twice on Friday.

  • The Marlins have said their goal is to win every day and they are better than their record reflects. But coming off the All-Star Break, time is running out and the team can’t deny where they currently stand. Look for them to come out of the gates strong in their 14 innings against the Phillies on Friday.
  • The Phillies game two starter is Zach Eflin, who these Marlins hitters have career success against: Miguel Rojas (10-for-30, 4 doubles, 1 home run), Adam Duvall (7-for-18, 2 home runs), Jesús Aguilar and Jon Berti (both 4-for-11), and Starling Marte (4-for-8, 3 doubles).
Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin waves a Miami Marlins flag after winning the game against the Atlanta Braves at loanDepot Park.  Photo by Sam Navarro/USA TODAY Sports

Saturday: Marlins hitters vs. Vince Velasquez.

  • Marlins hitters combined vs. Velasquez: 31-for-106 (.292 batting average), 6 doubles, 2 home runs.
  • Most of the Marlins hitters mentioned above have also hit Saturday’s starter well, specifically Rojas (7-for-19, 1 home run) and Marte (5-for-10, 1 double). The Marlins have to attack as soon as possible if they want any chance to compete in the NL East.

Sunday: Pablo López comes off his strong performance against the Atlanta Braves.

  • López set the modern-era MLB record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game when he struck out the first nine hitters he faced.
  • He’ll face Zack Wheeler who has been magnificent thus far. The All-Star right-hander leads the league in innings pitched (119.2) and has collected 145 strikeouts to just 26 walks.


How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Marlins sweep, 4-0
    (0 votes)
  • 35%
    Marlins win, 3-1
    (5 votes)
  • 28%
    Tie, 2 wins apiece
    (4 votes)
  • 35%
    Phillies win, 3-1
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Phillies sweep, 4-0
    (0 votes)
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