Phillies Return Home; Kick-Off Homestand Against Miami Marlins

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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 09: Joe Girardi #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the Atlanta Braves 2021 season home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 09, 2021 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the weirdest teams in baseball. One night, they look like an elite team in the league. The next night, they look more like a Little League team. After sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers a couple of weeks ago, they hit the road for a nine-game road trip. Despite dropping two of the series, the Phillies managed to collect a mediocre 4-5 trip record.

Now, the Phillies get the chance to redeem themselves at Citizens Bank Park, where they have a solid 13-6 record. First up on the quick homestand come the Phillies’ Achillies’ Heel- the Miami Marlins.

The Phils are 1.5 run favorites ahead of tonight’s game. You can find Phillies game odds listed here.

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Series Preview: Phillies vs. Marlins

Phillies Look To Be Led By Their Pitching

Starting Pitchers:

For tonight’s matchup, Zack Wheeler will take the hill for the Phillies. Wheeler is coming off a game where he got little-to-no defensive help. Despite this, he has a 2.10 ERA in his last four starts, striking out 30 and walking five in 30 innings. his opposition is still to be determined for Miami.

Tomorrow night, the other half of the Zach(k)-duo will start for Philadelphia. Zach Eflin gets the nod to redeem himself from what was an awfully uncharacteristic start for him last week. Against the Nationals, Eflin wasn’t settled in early, allowing one walk and two homers in a span of three batters in the first inning. In his first seven starts this season, he had walked only three batters and had allowed only one homer since April 16. He’ll be opposed by Trevor Rogers, who aims for his third straight win. As an early frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year, Rogers is 5-2 with a stellar 1.84 ERA on the season.

To wrap up the series, Vince Velasquez will take the mound for the Phillies. Despite all of the clamoring, Vinny Velo has been solid recently. He had to relieve Matt Moore after Moore went down due to COVID-19 protocols. In five starts, Velasquez has a 2.84 ERA. In his last three starts, he has only allowed one run, while pitching at least 5 1/3 innings in each.


 Phillies: JoJo Romero: (left elbow), Seranthony Dominguez: (elbow), Archie Bradley: (left oblique), Roman Quinn: (finger), Scott Kingery: (dizziness), Matt Joyce: (calf), Ronald Torreyes: (undisclosed), Didi Gregorius: (elbow).

Marlins: Elieser Hernandez: (biceps), Jorge Guzman: (elbow), Jeff Brigham: (undisclosed), Starling Marte: (rib), Jorge Alfaro: (leg).

Photo Credit: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire