Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies wrap up the three-game series on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.  The Marlins avoided a sweep with a 3-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.  Miami won four of their last ten games including Wednesday night’s battle.  The win improved their record slightly to 19-23 but still puts them in fourth-place at the NL East League with 3.5 games behind the lead.  Similarly, the Phillies won four of its last ten games.  The recent defeat places them still in second-place behind the Mets for the lead at 22-21, with one game behind. 

The Marlins continue to struggle at the plate and are in the bottom ten of the league in scoring offense with 3.93 runs per game and a .228 batting average as a team. Jesus Aguilar is tied for sixth in MLB this season with 32 RBI.  The First baseman has a batting average of .274 and a team-high 9 home runs.  Miguel Rojas continues to impress with a team-high .290 batting average.

Miami will send Sandy Alcantara to the mound to start on Thursday.  The right-hander will look to turn around his performance at his 10th start of the season.  Alcantara is 1-3, with a 4.06 ERA and 51 strikeouts this year.  In his career against Philadelphia, Alcantara is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 34 strikeouts.

  • Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games against Philadelphia.
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games on the road.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia

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Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies Predictions 5/20/2021

Philadelphia looks to rebound from their loss against the Marlins on Wednesday.  Philadelphia’s line-up is off to solid starts this year.  Rhys Hoskins leads the Phillies with 8 home runs and 23 RBIs and is hitting .256.  Hoskin’s 50 strikeouts is fifth-most in the National League.  Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto have had their share of injuries.  Harper leads the team with a .311 batting average, 7 home runs, and 13 RBIs while Reamulto is hitting .294 with 17 RBIs.

The Phillies are sending Vince Velasquez to the hill for the Phillies with hopes he continues his solid start this season.  The right-hand pitcher is 1-0 with an ERA of 3.68.  Velasquez’s longest start of the season is six innings but has been efficient in striking out 37 in 29 innings so far.  In his career against Miami, Velasquez is 4-4 with a 4.88 ERA and 80 strikeouts.  

  • Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home.
  • The total went OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games against Miami.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing at home against Miami.

Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Despite their recent loss, the Phillies have picked it up lately with a solid win in the opening game.  Miami has had its ups and downs as well.  The Phillies have been good at home and can bat well on a shaky Alcantara.  Taking the game is the Philadelphia Phillies.  Final Score Prediction is 5-3.  

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Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

TV: MLBN

MLB Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -120

MLB Totals: 8.0

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