The National League East is featured in Thursday MLB wagering as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Florida Marlins in a game that can be seen on the MLB Network.
It is the finale of a three-game series in baseball wagering and it is the final game of a seven-game homestand for the Phillies.
MLB wagering odds favor the Phillies in this game, mainly because they are at home. The pitching matchup may end up favoring Florida. Anibal Sancehz is scheduled to go on Thursday for Florida. He is 5-3 on the season with a 3.18 ERA. Sanchez was rolling along until his last start against the Mets when he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He had won his four previous starts.
The Marlins have held their own recently against the Phillies in MLB wagering. Before this series began they had won 11 of the last 20 against Philadelphia. Earlier this season they took two of three at Philadelphia. The Phillies are one of those teams in baseball that can play just as well on the road as at home so they can be overvalued at home. Before this series began, the last five meetings between the two teams had gone under the total.
The Marlins have been up and down this season and it can be hard to predict what they are going to do on a nightly basis. They do play better at home than on the road but it is not a huge difference. The Marlins are just average in hitting and in ERA. They have the ability to be great though with players like Hanley Ramirez hitting the ball and Josh Johnson pitching. Even Sanchez has shown the ability to be very good.
Philadelphia has been better at home this season than on the road, but not by much. The Phillies have inexplicably struggled to score runs. They have a powerful lineup but Jimmy Rollins has been out of the lineup for most of the season and his absence has hurt the Phillies. The Phillies have gotten good pitching as they are in the top five in the league. It could be Jamie Moyer getting the start in this game and he has been solid for the most part this season.