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Anibal Sanchez vs Kyle Kendrick matchup featured in MLB action

Florida MarlinsPhiladelphia Phillies
Sep 15, 2:35 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Florida Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

67-81TEAM RECORD95-51

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Florida Marlins invade Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

Anibal Sanchez, with a record of 8-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Marlins, while the Phillies trot Kyle Kendrick to the mound in this one. He is 4-4 so far in 2011.

View Florida vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Marlins listed as underdogs of +-155 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 1-rated Phillies and the league No. 10-ranked Marlins, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Marlins offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Marlins hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Florida brings the National League's No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Phillies' league No. 1-ranked defense.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at -167 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Florida looks to rebound from a loss to the Braves, who beat them 4-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Randall Delgado at Turner Field.

The Phillies were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -260 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. Roy Halladay silenced the Astros bats in a 1-0 victory last time out versus Houston at Minute Maid Park.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Marlins at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games on the road
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Florida
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Florida

Next up:
Florida at Philadelphia, Thursday, September 15