Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Series Preview: Marlins

Phillies (26-20; 1st in NL East) at Florida Marlins (24-24; 4th in NL East)

Where: Pro Player Stadium Dolphins Stadium Land Shark Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66) vs. Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22) vs. Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43)
Sunday: Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55) vs. Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10: CSN
Saturday, 7:10: CSN
Sunday, 1:10: MyPHL17

Hot (last 7) – Placido Polanco: .296 (8-for-27), 4 R, 3 2B.
Not (last 7) – Carlos Ruiz: .053 (1-for-19), 4 K.

Player to Watch – Hanely Ramirez: Despite being cocky and immature, he is the best short stop in the National League and one of the top five best players in the league. Talk about your all-around player. Ramirez’s bat has pop (eight homers this season) and he’s a regular .300-.400-.500 hitter, a stat that defines great players. He’s batting .309 with 22 RBIs and is 5-for-8 in the stolen bases category. He’s 4-for-12 against the Phillies this year so far.

Series Overview: I think the Phillies need to score runs before they want to think about snapping this five-game losing streak in which they’ve only scored three runs, all in one inning, and have been shut out four times. The Marlins losers of six of their last 10. Both teams are cold so the Phillies have a chance to wake back up against the Marlins and re-establish themselves as the team to beat in the division. Saturday’s match-up will be key as Roy Halladay will go up against Florida’s ace, Josh Johnson.


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