Game 26 of 162: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins
Do you guys remember when I said I should just stop making predictions? Yeah, I was wrong again yesterday. But, you guys should be happy because I picked the Phillies to win. The Marlins ended up winning in 10 innings after Starlin Castro hit a 2-run home run. As far as this game goes, it is the second game of a four-game series. The Marlins have been strangely hot lately. They are looking for their second straight series win. That is if you take away the split of the two-game series with the Indians. Let’s take a look at game 26 of the season.
Pitching Match-up: Jerad Eickhoff vs. Jose Urena
Game Time: 7:05 PM
Location: Citizens Bank Park
Jerad Eickhoff is getting his second start of the season. Which means there are not a lot of numbers for him. Right now, he is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings. He has walked 4 batters and given up 10 hits. Eickhoff has been an interesting guy for the Phillies in recent seasons. He has been almost a staple in their rotation, but he has had some injury issues. Eickhoff has a nasty curveball and a low 90s fastball. His goal going into every start is attempt to locate the fastball early, and pitch off of that.
Jose Urena, “The ace,” of the staff is 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA. He has done this in five starts. However, Urena has some eye-opening numbers thus far. In 26.2 innings; he has struck out 21 batters, walked six, given up three home runs, and given up 39 hits. 39 hits in 26.2 innings are WAY TO MANY. That is over 1 hit an inning, which explains why his ERA is 5.74. It’s hard to limit scoring when there are that many players on base.
Against my better judgment, I again will make a prediction. I’m taking the Phillies to win this game. I didn’t mention it in the preview for yesterday’s game, but the Phillies have a tremendous amount of injuries. Their starting shortstop and center fielder, as well as their back-up shortstop. Now, every team goes through injuries, therefore, this is not an excuse. The Marlins need to attack Eickhoff’s fastball if they want a chance to win.