Series Preview: Marlins









PHI: 83-61, 1st in NL East
FLA: 73-69, 3rd in NL East
Where: Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15) vs. Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (10-10 3.06) vs. Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44) vs. TBD

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Chase Utley: .320 (8-for-25), 4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBIs.
Not (last 7) – Jayson Werth: .166 (5-for-30)

Player to Watch – Hanley Ramirez: Ramirez is the stud in the Marlins lineup and has been keeping the Marlins from dipping under .500 this year.  In his last 10 games, Ramirez has hit .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last 10 games.  His work ethic is sometimes questioned but this guy is a monster.  He is hitting .301 on the season with 21 home runs and 75 RBIs.  He is a guy that can take anyone deep at any given time.  Ramirez and Uggla provide significant power in the Marlins lineup and are reasons why they’ve been kept in the fold in South Florida.

Series Overview: The Phillies currently lead the season series nine games to three.  The Phillies dominated the series this season and have won the last three games against the Marlins.

The Phillies are fresh off taking two of three from the Mets on the road.  The Marlins have won three straight games and are looking to play the role of spoiler once again.

The pitching matchups in this series certainly seem to favor the Phillies.  They have two of their aces going in the final two games.  This is a good chance to distance themselves from the Braves before they play Atlanta next weekend.  The Braves open up a three game series tonight against the Washington Nationals.

Tonight’s game features Joe Blanton taking on young lefty Andrew Miller.  Blanton has been very solid lately.  He has only given up 10 runs in his last five outings.  If Blanton can continue to eat innings, the Phillies get a chance to rest the bullpen in preparation for October.

Tuesday’s matchup is very intriguing with Cole Hamels facing the inexperienced Adalberto Mendez.  Hamels has been absolutely lights out lately not giving up a run in 25 innings.  On the other hand there’s the young Mendez.  Mendez baffled the Phillies lineup on Labor Day allowing only one hit in six innings of work.  He was forced to leave that game with an injury.

Roy Halladay will pitch the series finale against the Marlins who haven’t announced a starter at the moment.  Halladay has struggled a bit in his last four starts allowing 14 runs.  He still managed a 2-2 record in that stretch and remains one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award.  The Phillies need him to shut down the Marlins and toss a typical Halladay outing to help distance themselves from those Atlanta Braves.

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