The Miami Marlins (58-84) host the Philadelphia Phillies (79-62) at loanDepot park on Wednesday. The Phillies took Tuesday’s series opener 2-1, their fourth straight victory overall and 11th in 17 games against the Marlins this season. Bailey Falter went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, to get the win, and David Robertson picked up his 20th save with a scoreless ninth. Jean Segura was 3 for 4 with one run in the win. Nick Maton added a home run and two RBIs. Bryan De La Cruz went 1 for 3 with a solo home run for the Marlins.
ON THE MOUND
Kyle Gibson (9-6, 4.08 ERA) is set to get the start for Philadelphia. The right-hander takes on the Marlins for the second start in a row. On Thursday, he allowed four runs over five innings, a 6-5 home defeat. He yielded nine hits while striking out two and walking one in the no-decision. Over five previous starts against the Marlins this season, Gibson has allowed 12 earned runs over 29.2 innings (1-2, 3.64). He has struck out 22 and walked seven. For Miami, right-hander Edward Cabrera (5-2, 2.39 ERA) will toe the rubber. He has made one prior start against the Phillies this season, holding opposing hitters scoreless over 5.2 innings in a 3-0 road win on August 11. He gave up three hits and walked two, while striking out six in the win. In his last start on Friday, Cabrera got the win at home against the Mets. He threw 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, striking out four and walking two in the 6-3 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Philadelphia has averaged 5.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 4.7. Against right-handed pitchers like Cabrera this season, the Phils have a .728 OPS. Kyle Schwarber is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .845 OPS in 331 at-bats. Miami is averaging 3.8 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.6 for the season. The Fish have a .673 OPS against right-handers in 2022, fifth lowest in MLB. With a .773 OPS over 297 at-bats, Garrett Cooper has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia is 35-31 in road games in 2022, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Miami has gone 28-42 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 3.6 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. In the last 10 games between the NL East rivals at loanDepot park, each club has won five, though Philadelphia has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.0-3.5.
The Phillies are third in the NL East, nine games behind the division-leading Mets. They currently occupy one of the Wild Card spots, sitting second. The Marlins are fourth in the NL East, 30 games behind the Mets.
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