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Miami0 0 7 0 5 3 0 4 x 19191
  W: T. Kinley (2-1)   L: N. Pivetta (4-6)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 23, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 9,065

Phillies looking to pounce against lowly Marlins

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Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins

  1. The Phillies have lost five of their last six games to the Marlins, and are 6-7 against the Marlins in 2019. Entering 2019, the Phillies had won the season series over the Marlins in nine consecutive seasons, the longest active streak among divisional opponents in MLB.
  2. The Marlins have been swept in back-to-back series by the Rockies and Braves, and the team has gone 4-16 in August -- those 16 losses are their most in a month since April (19). The Marlins' 4.35 ERA entering August ranked 13th in MLB -- their 6.31 ERA in August ranks 29th in MLB (Orioles, 7.71).
  3. The Phillies swept a two-game set in Boston and they've now held opponents to five runs or fewer in eight straight games, their longest streak of 2019. Over this span (since August 13), the Phillies bullpen has posted a 1.26 ERA and .182 opponent batting average, both leading the National League.
  4. Rhys Hoskins has hit in the leadoff spot in each of his last six starts, the first games of his career ever doing so. However, he went 3-for-19 (.158) with one extra-base hit and one RBI in those games.
  5. Brian Anderson's nine doubles this month rank second in the NL behind Corey Seager (12). Anderson's eight-game hitting streak against the Phillies is the longest active streak in MLB, and during the streak he has seven extra-base hits, seven runs scored, seven RBI and a 1.238 OPS.
  6. Bryce Harper hit his ninth home run of August in his last game, now surpassing his combined total over June and July (eight). Harper is hitting .175 with nobody on base this season and .348 with runners on.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

The Philadelphia Phillies, embroiled in a fight for one of two National League wild-card playoff spots, can read the schedule. They know the Miami Marlins - the team with the worst record in the league - are next, starting on Friday night, and they are surely thinking sweep.

After all, the Phillies head to Miami on a mini roll, having swept a brief two-game series at the Boston Red Sox.

Miami, meanwhile, is just happy to be back home at Marlins Park, where their 25-39 record is bad, but at least it's better than their road mark of 20-42.

In fact, the Marlins just concluded their second straight 0-6 road trip. The 12 straight road losses ties a club record, and they are just the second franchise in MLB's modern era to go 0-6 or worse on consecutive trips within the same season.

Miami lost 3-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday as Ronald Acuna had a walk-off hit.

"Wins are getting hard to come by," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after the Braves completed the season series by taking 14 of 19 from Miami. "There are a number of teams that have pumped us pretty good."

Oddly, though, the Phillies are just 6-7 against the Marlins this year, and they hope to change that trend on Friday when they send right-hander Vince Velasquez (5-7, 4.35 ERA) to the mound.

Miami will counter with right-hander Hector Noesi (0-3, 9.39 ERA).

Velasquez is 3-4 with a 4.56 ERA since rejoining Philadelphia's rotation in June. However, he has lasted more than 5 2/3 innings just once in that span.

In 13 career starts against the Marlins, Velasquez is 4-3 with a 3.26 ERA. However, he has yet to win at Marlins Park, going 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in six starts. In two starts at Marlins Park this year, he is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA.

Other than Marlins Park, Velasquez's overall home/road splits are not a factor. He has a 4.22 ERA at home this year and just a bit higher (4.42) on the road.

Noesi, a 32-year-old journeyman, has never faced the Phillies in his six-year major-league career, going a combined 12-34 with a 5.46 ERA for five franchises.

Before this season, Noesi hadn't pitched in the majors since 2015, when he went 0-4 with the Chicago White Sox. He hasn't won a major-league game since Aug. 27, 2014.

And in his three major-league starts this season, Noesi has allowed at least five runs each time. In 15 1/3 innings, he has given up six home runs.

Noesi will have to deal with a lineup that includes Phillies star right fielder Bryce Harper as well as slugging first baseman Rhys Hoskins and ex-Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Harper has 27 homers and 92 RBIs, Hoskins has 24 homers and 70 RBIs, and Realmuto has 19 homers and 66 RBIs.

On Wednesday, in a 5-2 win at Boston, Hoskins hit leadoff, Harper - who blasted a two-run homer - batted second, and Realmuto was in the No. 3 hole.

Right before Harper hit that homer, Boston fans were yelling "overrated" at the highly paid star.

"He's good at that - shutting (fans) up," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Harper. "They were on him pretty good up until that (homer). I'm really happy for Bryce."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 23, 2019

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