Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins 9/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/24/2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Marlins Park in Miami
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Thursday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies will take the field behind David Buchanan (6 – 8, 3.77 ERA) as they square off against the Miami Marlins and Tom Koehler (9 -10, 3.76 ERA). Buchanan makes his 20th start as Koehler makes his 32nd.
David Buchanan broke his string of 5 straight no-decisions with a loss in his last outing. In the defeat, Buchanan allowed 3 runs and 6 hits through 6.2 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 6. Buchanan hasn’t had a win since early August, but he has pitched well since then. Lack of offense and a shaky bullpen wasted a few of his better efforts. He is just 2 -3 in his last 10 outings. Buchanan was 6 - 2 with a 3.95 ERA in 12 starts down at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before getting the call to Philadelphia.
Buchanan has faced the Marlins twice this season and is 1 – 0 in those 2 encounters.
Tom Koehler got his first decision since mid-August in his last start but that decision was a loss. Koehler gave up 3 runs and 6 hits (including a home run) in 5 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 5. Koehler hasn’t dominated anyone in recent weeks and is just 2 - 3 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Koehler went 5 -10 with a 4.41 ERA in 23 starts and 6 relief appearances.
Last season, Koehler was 0 – 1 with a 9.00 ERA in a start and a relief appearance against the Phillies. This season, he is 1 - 0 in 3 starts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 80-66-11 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.4
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
Miami Marlins are 81-64-11 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Miami Marlins is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
09/11/14 SS Jimmy Rollins Hamstring out indefinitely
09/05/14 P Mario Hollands Shoulder 60-day DL (9/4)
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
09/12/14 RF Giancarlo Stanton Facial out for season
07/18/14 P Kevin Gregg Elbow 60-day DL (7/14)
06/22/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (6/20), out for season
05/13/14 P Jose Fernandez Elbow 15-day DL (5/10), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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