The Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins meet today for game three of their weekend series from Philadelphia. All trends and odds for this game and all other MLB games can be found at BetOnline sportsbook.
The Phillies have been ravaged by injuries all season, but still find themselves within striking distance in the division. Cole Hamels had a rare tough outing on Saturday and took his second loss of the season. On Sunday they will send Joe Blanton out to the hill. Blanton got off to a good start to the season, but has come back to Earth recently in a big way. He has been belted around in his last 3 starts posting a 12 ERA in the three starts. Overall he has a 5.05 ERA for the season.
The Marlins need a win today to stay within one game of the lead in the division. Hanley Ramirez led the offense with two home runs yesterday as the Marlins came from behind to beat the Phillies. Ricky Nolasco earned his 6th win of the season on the mound and the red-hot Carlos Zambrano will start tonight. Zambrano has won 3 of his last 4 decisions and is pitching to a low 3.00 ERA.
Philadelphia is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall, 1-4 in their last five games as a home underdog, and 14-4 in Blanton’s last 18 home starts. Miami is 12-4 in their last 16 road games, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 5-1 in Zambrano’s last six starts. Miami is 4-13 in their last 17 games in Philadelphia.
We think Zambrano is due for a clunker and have no confidence in Blanton so we like the over in this one at the sportsbook.