The Miami Marlins clawed back into the wild-card race in the National League after winning 13 of 16 contests, only to lose ground in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The Marlins look to get back on track Friday, when they host the second contest of their four-game series against the major league-worst Philadelphia Phillies.
Giancarlo Stanton’s white-hot surge is a thing of the past as he went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to drop to 1-for-15 in his last four contests. The one hit was the major league-best 51st homer for the 27-year-old powerhouse, who also has gone deep against Friday starter Nick Pivetta. While Miami resides six games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot, Philadelphia hopes its getting a good look at its future in the red-hot Rhys Hoskins. The 24-year-old recorded a single on Thursday to become the first Phillies rookie to record a 13-game hitting streak in the first month of his major-league career since Hall-of-Famer Chuck Klein accomplished the feat in 1928.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (5-9, 6.57 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Dillon Peters (NR)
Pivetta looks to put a disastrous August in his rear-view mirror as the 24-year-old recorded a woeful 11.57 ERA (24 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings) in five starts. Pivetta actually ended the month on a positive note as he allowed three runs in five innings of a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. His previous outing was far from successful as he was blitzed for six runs and seven hits - two homers - over 1 1/3 frames in a 7-4 loss to Miami.
Peters is expected to be recalled to make his major-league debut on Friday as the rosters expand to 40 players. “This is definitely at the top. That’s for sure,” Peters told the Sun-Sentinel. “I‘m really happy to be here. I turned 25 today. Family is in town. So it’s going to be a good weekend, for sure.” Peters posted a 6-2 record with a 1.97 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in nine starts at Double-A Jacksonville.
1. Miami OF Christian Yelich is riding a six-game hitting streak overall and has registered 11 RBIs and as many runs scored this season versus Philadelphia.
2. Phillies SS Pedro Florimon has hit safely in five straight contests and 10 of his last 11.
3. Marlins 2B Dee Gordon is 11-for-21 with five runs scored during his five-game hitting streak.
PREDICTION: Marlins 7, Phillies 4