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Why was Phillies game suspended today?

Published July 18, 2021. Updated on July 18, 2021 at 5:50 am. The game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night was suspended due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th inning. The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled series finale. NBC 6 South FloridaMarlins-Phillies Game Suspended Due to Rain, Will Resume Sunday

Did the Phillies win the first game of the doubleheader?

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Travis Jankowski drove in four runs, Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. ... Miguel Rojas had three hits and drove in a run for Miami. cbslocal.comMarlins Lose To Phillies In Game 1 Of Double Header 5-2

Two of the Marlins’ most prominent players made early exits from today’s 7-4 loss to the Phillies.  Jazz Chisholm Jr. suffered a left shoulder contusion in the first inning and had to leave the game, while Garrett Cooper departed in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury sustained after Travis Janikowski ran into Cooper’s arm during a play at first base.

Marlins skipper Don Mattingly told reporters (including Craig Mish and David Wilson of the Miami Herald) that both players will receive further testing, including an MRI for Cooper tomorrow.  A first set of x-rays on Chisholm’s shoulder didn’t reveal anything, which is a very good sign considering how much pain Chisholm was in after awkwardly landing on the field in his attempt to catch a Bryce Harper bloop single in right field.

Chisholm already spent a few weeks on the injured list this season due to a hamstring injury, and missed a few games but avoided another IL visit while battling through a bad ankle.  After a very hot start to the season, Chisholm has hit only .238/.293/.399 in 209 plate appearances since returning from the injured list on May 16, though he had started to swing the bat a little better over the last couple of weeks.

Overall, Chisholm hasn’t done anything to detract from his status as a building block piece for Miami, but naturally the team would love to see the 23-year-old shake the injury bug and continue to gain more experience (today was only Chisholm’s 91st career MLB game) in what is increasingly looking like a developmental year for the last-place Marlins.  Today’s loss dropped the Fish to a 40-53 record, and with 9.5 games between the Marlins and first place in the NL East, Miami looks like a team that will be in seller mode heading into the July 30 trade deadline.

To that end, Cooper stood out as a potential trade chip, provided he is healthy.  Cooper has quietly been a very productive player for the last three seasons, including a .282/.378/.463 slash line and nine homers in 251 PA in 2021.  Any number of contending teams could be interested in that type of offense from first base or right field, and Cooper is also both controllable (through 2023) and affordable, as he is owed roughly $748K for the remainder of this season.  Even a 10-day stint on the IL, however, could scuttle Cooper’s chances of being moved at the deadline, so the Marlins might have to wait until the offseason to possibly revisit the idea of trading the 30-year-old.

Chisholm is the more valuable property long term to the Marlins, but short term Cooper is more valuable to keep healthy as trade material.

For all the rule changes they have been making, the one they really gotta do it to extend 1B (the actual base itself) into foul territory and create a lane, so then hitters can slide into first without coming into contact with the first baseman. Have almost like 2 first bases, or one in fair one in foul like, one big bag. We gotta clean up these “home to first” problems the game keeps having. If they dont want to straight up make sliding into first illegal, then this is a compromise. It would only be on 1B side, other bases are fine. The play Cooper got hurt on here would not have happened if this was the case.

Interesting points, and you’re not wrong. I think Alfaro should’ve let that ball go foul, but a rule change to keep players safe is never a bad idea.

Start by making the bases softer and not slippery AF it’s there’s any moisture whatsoever on the bags.

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Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies odds, picks and prediction

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 19 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

The Miami Marlins (40-51) and Philadelphia Phillies (45-45) continue their four-game series Saturday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Game 3’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Marlins vs. Phillies odds with MLB picks and predictions.

These teams split a seven-inning doubleheader Friday to open the series with the Phillies winning the first game 5-2, and Miami took the second 7-0.

RHP Zach Thompson is on the hill for the Marlins. Thompson is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA (24 IP, 6 ER), 1.00 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9 and 11.6 K/9 across five starts in his rookie season.

RHP Vince Velasquez is Philadelphia’s projected starter. Velasquez is 3-4 with a 5.35 ERA (72 1/3 IP, 43 ER), 1.44 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9 over 14 starts and four relief appearances.

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I can only “LEAN” to the MARLINS (-105) for a half unit since Miami’s bullpen is significantly better than Philly’s.

For example, Marlins relievers allow the fewest home runs per nine innings and are sixth in WAR while the Phillies’ bullpen has the most blown saves and ranks 27th in WAR.

However, their lineups are equally below average vs. right-handed pitching, and the starting pitching matchup is a toss-up.

Velasquez pitched very well in his first two outings against the Marlins but he has a 6.89 ERA over his last seven starts, which includes a seven-inning scoreless effort June 29 vs. Miami.

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PASS because I don’t “like” Miami enough to lay it with the Marlins -1.5 (+145), and Miami is 2-7 ATS this season as a road favorite with a minus-2.6 run line margin; whereas Philly has an MLB-high 82.2% cover rate as a home dog (13-3 ATS).

“LEAN” to the OVER 10 (-105) for a half unit only because we are getting the worst of the number since the “sharps” have steamed the total up from the 9-run opener with all their Over action.

Furthermore, the Marlins have played to the Over in four straight, and the Phillies have gone Over the total in their last six against teams with a losing record.

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Phils wait all night for Realmuto's walk-off HR 19 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto smashed an opposite-field, two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning Sunday afternoon to beat the Marlins, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park. It completed a game suspended in the top of the 10th late Saturday night because of rain. From José Alvarado’s first pitch to resume play in the top of the 10th to Realmuto’s blast, it took 14 minutes for the Phillies to win.

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It moved them within two games of the Mets for first place in the National League East.

“I knew it had won the game,” Realmuto told the Phillies broadcasters on NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I knew it was at least a sac fly. So that’s when the fist pump came out immediately. I got enough on it to get out, so that’s nice.”

Realmuto hit an 0-2 fastball from Yimi García well up and out of the zone. It was Realmuto’s fourth career walk-off hit, but his first walk-off hit with the Phillies. Because the Phillies had to play a second game almost immediately afterward, Realmuto avoided the typical postgame celebrations.

“It's really actually nice not to get soaked after the game,” he said after a 7-4 victory in the series finale. “I was thinking about it during the [postgame] interview that there’s no way they’re actually going to do that because they know we have to play another game. I’m glad they didn’t.”

The Phillies could have won without Realmuto’s heroics on Sunday. They carried a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning on Saturday, but Ranger Suárez blew his first save as Phillies’ closer. He allowed a leadoff single to Starling Marte and a two-run home run to Jesús Aguilar in the ninth to tie the game at 2.

It was the Phillies’ 23rd blown save of the season. They blew a franchise-record 25 in 2004.

Suárez, who assumed his new role as closer on July 3, converted each of his first three save opportunities.

Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings on Saturday. He is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three starts this season against the Marlins, striking out 16 and walking five in 18 innings. The Elias Sports Bureau said it is the longest single-season scoreless streak by a Phillies pitcher against Miami. Only Ryan Madson had a longer overall scoreless streak against the Marlins at 18 1/3 innings from 2007-09.

Velasquez is 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA (43 earned runs in 59 1/3 innings) this season against everybody else.

Héctor Neris pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Archie Bradley pitched one scoreless.

Alvarado started the 10th on Saturday with automatic runner Sandy León on second base. He was 1-1 to Jon Berti when rain dumped onto the field. On Sunday, Alvarado picked up from that spot to retire the only three batters he faced and give the Phillies a chance to win on a walk-off.

“He’s a blast,” Realmuto said about Alvarado. “When he’s filling up the strike zone … he’s virtually unhittable.”

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