Velasquez on the bump as Phillies aim for back-to-back wins over Fish

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez
Vince Velasquez will be on the mound for the Phillies Saturday night as the club aims to piece back-to-back wins together for the first time this season against the Marlins.

Velasquez lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his previous start, surrendering four earned runs (seven overall) on nine hits in a loss in Atlanta. He has decent career numbers against the Marlins for his career, pitching to a 2.84 ERA over 31 2/3 innings in six starts.

The knock on Velasquez has always been his inability to pitch deep into games. He piles up strikeouts and has electric stuff, but deep counts and misplaced pitches routinely derail his starts.

The Marlins counter tonight with left-hander Dillon Peters who tossed six shutout innings last week in a victory over the Cubs.

Last Time Out
The Phillies won Thursday's home opener over the Marlins, 5-0, thanks mostly to solid pitching from Nick Pivetta and the hot bat of Maikel Franco. [Recap Here]

Fish Beaters
Dating back to last season, the Phillies have won seven of their last eight contests against the Marlins with a positive run differential of 26.

Did You Know?
Entering Saturday the Phillies led the Majors in stolen bases with nine. The club finished 25th in that category a year ago.

Tonight's Phillies Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez 4
2. Carlos Santana 3
3. Scott Kingery 6
4. Rhys Hoskins 7
5. Odubel Herrera 8
6. Maikel Franco 5
7. Aaron Altherr 9
8. Jorge Alfaro 2
9. Vince Velasquez 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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