The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Miami Marlins as the NL East foes conclude a three game divisional series Sunday afternoon from Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins will send 27-year old right-hander Jose Urena to the mound, and the Phillies will counter with 25-year old right-hander Nick Pivetta. The Phillies lead the season-series 10-7.
Urena Stifles Mets in Second Straight Win
Jose Urena will get the nod for the 29th time of the season, hunting for his third straight win. Urena was excellent in his previous start, holding the Mets to only one run in 6.1 innings, leading to the win to improve his record to 6-12. The fourth-year right-hander has pitched well in two straight starts, and he possesses a 4.29 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 157.1 innings of work on the year. Urena has had trouble against the Phillies this season, posting a 5.09 ERA in four starts, and is carrying a poor 5.23 ERA with a 2-4 record in 51.2 career innings against the NL East foes.
Brian Anderson has fared well against the Phillies pitching this season, posting a .263 average with 10 RBI’s. The 25-year old third baseman is having an encouraging rookie year, posting a .272 average with 10 home runs and 59 RBI’s. Anderson has been quiet at the plate recently, driving in only three runs on the month. The Marlins weak lineup ranks last in the Majors with an average of 3.65 runs per game. The Miami pitching staff is carrying a 4.88 team ERA, pegging them 26th in the big leagues.
Pivetta Falls to Nats in Second Straight Defeat
Nick Pivetta will take the mound for the 31st time of the season, looking to avoid his third straight defeat. Pivetta allowed two runs in a brief 4.1 inning outing against the Nationals in his previous start, leading to a loss to drop his record to 7-12. The second-year right-hander has logged five or fewer innings in three straight starts, and he owns a 4.64 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 149.1 innings pitched on the season. Pivetta has limited Miami to only four runs with a 1-1 record in 15.2 innings this year, and he features a 2-2 record with a poor 5.67 ERA in seven career starts against the NL East rivals.
Maikel Franco has feasted on the Marlins this season, belting five home runs along with 19 RBI’s in 51 at bats. The 26-year old third baseman is having a subpar second half, and he is currently hitting .268 with 22 homers and 67 RBI’s. Franco is only hitting .182 with one RBI in limited action this month. The Phillies are currently averaging 4.30 runs per game, ranking them 21st in the Majors. The Philadelphia pitching staff owns a 3.96 team ERA, pegging them 14th in the big leagues.
The Philadelphia Phillies are:
- 13-3 in their last 16 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
- 14-6 in their last 20 games overall against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 1-8 in Urena’s last 9 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 9-21 in Urena’s last 30 starts overall.
- 7-19 in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record