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April 14-17: Phillies vs. Marlins Series Preview

The Marlins host the Phillies for the 2022 home opener!

A general view of the loanDepot logo on the scoreboards during a press conference to the media to announce loanDepot as the exclusive naming rights partner for loanDepot park, formerly known as Marlins Park on March 31, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Five games into the 2022 season, the Miami Marlins’ offense is already in mediocre, mid-season form. Marlins hitters are slashing .199/.264/.313 and have struck out more than a quarter of the time. Right now is as good a time as ever to wake up the bats, entering an extra-long series against an NL East rival at LoanDepot Park. First pitch of tonight’s home opener vs. the Phillies is scheduled for 6:40 pm. I hope to see you there!

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For
  • Poll: How Will This Series Play Out?

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Thursday, April 14 at 6:40 pm

Friday, April 15 at 6:40 pm

Saturday, April 16 at 6:10 pm

Sunday, April 17 at 1:40 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 4 games: Bally Sports Florida (Paul Severino and J.P. Arencibia)
  • Radio broadcast for all 4 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Thursday: RHP Kyle Gibson vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara

  • Gibson (2021): 3.71 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 20.6 K%, 26.8 HardContact% in 182.0 IP
  • Alcantara (2021): 3.19 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 24.0 K%, 27.2 HardContact% in 205.2 IP

Friday: RHP Zach Eflin vs. RHP Pablo López

  • Eflin (2021): 4.17 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 22.4 K%, 28.6 HardContact% in 105.2 IP
  • López (2021): 3.07 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 27.5 K%, 21.6 HardContact% in 102.2 IP

Saturday: LHP Ranger Suárez vs. LHP Trevor Rogers

  • Suárez (2021): 1.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 25.6 K%, 20.4 HardContact% in 106.0 IP
  • Rogers (2021): 2.64 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 28.5 K%, 22.5 HardContact% in 133.0 IP

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler vs. RHP Elieser Hernandez

  • Wheeler (2021): 2.78 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 29.1 K%, 18.3 HardContact% in 213.1 IP
  • Hernandez (2021): 4.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 23.6 K%, 27.2 HardContact% in 51.2 IP

Projected Lineups

Marlins most recent lineup: Soler (DH), Rojas (SS), Cooper (1B), De La Cruz (LF), Sánchez (CF), Anderson (RF), Stallings (C), Berti (3B), Chisholm Jr. (2B).
Marlins’ recent lineups.
Roster Resource / FanGraphs
Phillies most recent lineup: Schwarber (DH), Realmuto (C), Harper (RF), Castellanos (LF), Segura (2B), Gregorius (SS), Camargo (1B), Stott (3B), Vierling (CF).
Phillies’ recent lineups.
Roster Resource / FanGraphs

What to watch for on...

Thursday: The Marlins will come out strong in front of their hometown fans.

  • This isn’t analysis, just me speaking it into existence.
  • I spent the other night arguing with my family about how many people usually show up to Opening Day at Marlins/LoanDepot Park. Call me cynical, but I didn’t think the average home opener attendance was over 25,000. But I’ll admit it: I was wrong. From 2012 to 2019, the Marlins drew an average Opening Day/home opener attendance of 34,516 fans. That’s almost a sell-out! The Marlins did more to bolster their roster this offseason than in recent years, including signing Cuban-born slugger Jorge Soler. I’m hoping there will be an extra buzz in the atmosphere on Thursday, helping spark the team’s offense, and giving fans something to cheer for.

Friday: To platoon, or not to platoon.

  • Right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin had non-traditional platoon splits in 2021: RHBs slashed .286/.317/.477, whereas LHBs slashed .264/.294/.443.
  • Manager Don Mattingly has been mixing and matching the team’s lineup, so it’ll be interesting to see which batters trot out on Friday evening. Miguel Rojas, Brian Anderson, and Jesús Aguilar are three right-handed batters who’ve had success against Eflin.
Miguel Rojas, Brian Anderson, and Jesús Aguilar’s career numbers vs. Zach Eflin from Baseball Savant
Marlins hitters vs. Zach Eflin
Baseball Savant

Saturday: Trevor Rogers makes Bryce Harper look silly.

  • Harper career vs. Rogers: 1-for-10, 1 single, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 61.5% whiff rate.
  • Todd Hollandsworth mentioned last season that Rogers will be a thorn in Harper’s side for a very, very long time. Rogers will take the mound on Saturday, facing the 2021 NL MVP and a few new Philly faces.

Sunday: The Miami HEAT’s first playoff game.

  • The Marlins face Zack Wheeler on Sunday. The right-hander led the National League with 247 strikeouts, 3 complete games, 2 shutouts, and 213 13 innings pitched in 2021.
  • Marlins hitters have struck out 26.4% of the time, third-most in baseball. Wheeler was the strikeout king last year, so don’t expect an influx of offense from the home team on Sunday. South Florida sports fans might have a better time tuning in to the Miami HEAT’s playoff game at 1:00 pm.

Poll

April 14-17: How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Marlins sweep, 4-0
    (1 vote)
  • 29%
    Marlins win, 3-1
    (8 votes)
  • 37%
    Tie, 2 wins apiece
    (10 votes)
  • 25%
    Phillies win, 3-1
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    Phillies sweep, 4-0
    (1 vote)
27 votes total Vote Now