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MLB Game Preview - Marlins underdogs vs Phillies at Philadelphia

Florida MarlinsPhiladelphia Phillies
Aug 26, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Florida Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

58-72TEAM RECORD83-45

The visiting Marlins hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

It's a pitching duel between Roy Oswalt for the Phillies (6-7 on the year) and Clay Hensley for Florida (1-3 so far).

View Florida vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Phillies as -215 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Phillies at No. 1 in the National League and the Marlins at No. 13 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 4-rated National League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 12 in the National League at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, more than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Philadelphia owns the National League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Florida's National League No. 12-rated defense.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 7-4 result against the Mets on August 24. Bettors who backed the Mets at +163 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia suffered a 7-4 loss against New York on Wednesday, as Kyle Kendrick wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing NY Mets are 5-5
After a loss are 9-1

A few Marlins at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games on the road
Florida is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Florida is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Florida
Philadelphia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Florida at Philadelphia, Saturday, August 27