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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

With Maikel Franco and J.T. Realmuto not in the starting lineup (rest), the Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) and RHP Vince Velasquez will look to capture their third series victory in a Sunday matinee series rubber match against the Miami Marlins (4-11) and RHP Jose Urena at Marlins Park.

Infielder Scott Kingery and catcher Andrew Knapp will make their second starts of the season. Kingery will start at the hot corner for the first time in 2019; he made eight starts at the position during his 2018 rookie campaign. Velasquez will also make his second start, after allowing a pair of runs spanning six innings so far in one start and one relief outing.

Marlins rookie outfielder Austin Dean had a career night in his club's 10-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday, snapping their five-game losing streak. The right fielder was a triple shy of the cycle, as he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI. Dean's four hits and five RBI set both career-high marks.

In the ninth, center fielder Odubel Herrera laced a RBI single, followed by Nick Williams slugging a two-run double, preventing the Phillies from being shut out for the first time this season. Kingery went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and one run scored, raising his season slash line to .500/.583/.700. Right fielder Bryce Harper walked, extending his on-base streak to all 13 Phillies games this season. Phillies starter RHP Zach Eflin, meanwhile, suffered his first loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits over just four innings and 81 pitches.

Excluding their 9-1 series-opening victory over the Marlins on Friday, the Phillies have been outscored 35-10 in their three other games since Tuesday (6-10, 1-15 and 3-10). A win on Sunday would mark the Phillies' first series win in Miami since August 31-Sept. 3, 2017.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) Miami Marlins (4-11)
RHP Vince Velasquez RHP Jose Urena
(0-0, 3.00 ERA) (0-3, 9.22 ERA)

RHP Vince Velasquez, Age: 26

  • Career vs. MIA: 4-2, 3.18 ERA, 10 G, 10 GS, 51 IP, 40 H, 20 R, 18 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 51 SO, 1.059 WHIP
  • Career at Marlins Park: 0-2, 4.42 ERA, 4 G, 4 GS, 18 1/3 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 16 SO, 1.145 WHIP

RHP Jose Urena, Age: 27

  • Career vs. PHI: 3-4, 4.92 ERA, 14 G, 10 GS, 56 2/3 IP, 57 H, 32 R, 31 ER, 11 HR, 16 BB, 48 SO, 1.288 WHIP
  • Career at Marlins Park: 10-25, 4.23 ERA, 60 G, 45 GS, 274 2/3 IP, 282 H, 138 R, 129 ER, 32 HR, 89 BB, 185 SO, 1.351 WHIP

Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) Miami Marlins (4-11)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 LF Andrew McCutchen R 1 LF Curtis Granderson L
2 SS Jean Segura R 2 3B Brian Anderson R
3 RF Bryce Harper L 3 1B Neil Walker S
4 1B Rhys Hoskins R 4 2B Starlin Castro R
5 CF Odubel Herrera L 5 RF Austin Dean R
6 2B Cesar Hernandez S 6 SS JT Riddle L
7 3B Scott Kingery R 7 C Chad Wallach R
8 C Andrew Knapp S 8 CF Lewis Brinson R
9 P Vince Velasquez R 9 P Jose Urena R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 1:10 p.m.
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:


  • The Phillies currently have the fourth-best winning percentage in the National League (.615), trailing only the San Diego Padres (.688), Milwaukee Brewers (.667) and New York Mets (.643). The club also has the third-most walks among NL teams (68), trailing only the Los Angeles Dodgers (73) and Atlanta Braves (69).
  • The Phillies have been in first place, or a tie for first place, in the National League East for 12 of the 17 days so far this season.
  • Herrera has hit safely in five straight games, slashing .300/.333/.500 with six hits, one run scored, one  home run, five RBI, one walk and three strikeouts spanning 20 at-bats.
  • Following a loss this season, the Phillies are 3-1 with 22 runs scored (5.5 runs/game); in the three wins, Phillies pitching has a 2.00 ERA over 27 innings. In the one loss, they allowed 13 earned runs over nine frames.
  • MLB.com's Todd Zolecki writes why the Phillies chose to start Kingery at third base in place of Franco on Sunday, instead of the struggling Hernandez at second:

"Hernandez is struggling (.178), but he's starting (with Kingery starting at third) because he's batting .269 (7 for 26) with 1 triple, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs and .846 OPS in his career against Jose Urena. The Phillies also think Urena's sinker is a tougher matchup for Maikel Franco."

  • Career Vs. (click to expand; bond indicates in starting lineup).


What's Next:

  • Monday, April 15, 2019: vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m. (Jackie Robinson Day)
    • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
    • RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 6.46 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP+; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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