PHI: 27-25, 5th in NL East; MIA: 29-25, 2nd in NL East
When: June 1-3
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 4.10) vs Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.26)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) vs Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 2.46)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) vs Carlos Zambrano (3-3, 3.00)
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:05, PHL 17
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Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Player to Watch – RF Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton hits the ball a mile high and a mile long. He also hits a lot of them long. On the year, Stanton has 13 homers, putting him in the top 10 in the Majors. His 39 RBIs are also seventh most in all of baseball and his 14 doubles lead the Marlins. Stanton is also hitting .304 and has an OPS of .973, 13th best in baseball.
Series Overview: The Phillies are coming off a 5-2 road trip, sitting three games out of first and hoping to ride the momentum they have created lately.
They will start a seven-game homestand against the Marlins (and four against the Dodgers) before interleague play continues with a nine-game road trip.
The Phils and Marlins have met only one time this season with the Phillies taking the series, 2-1 back in early April. Both teams are riding a good wave with the Phillies winning six of their last eight and the Marlins winning four of their last five, including a sweep of the Nationals.
Besides Stanton the Marlins have been getting their offense from all over the team. Omar Infante is hitting a team-best .317 and is second with 13 doubles. Hanley Ramirez is second on the team with eight homers and 33 RBIs. Jose Reyes has been non-existent, hitting .265 a season after winning the batting title.
Carlos Ruiz will be a go for Friday’s game after taking a four-day rest with tightness in his hamstring. He still managed to hit a pinch-hit homer during that break, his eighth on the season which added to his team-high .371 average and 31 RBIs.
Hunter Pence leads the team with 11 home runs, and is second behind Ruiz with 30 RBIs. Juan Pierre is hitting .324, second best every-day average for the Phils.
As a team, the Phillies are hitting .267, good for fifth best in the league. Their 221 runs scored are tied for 12th best in baseball. The Marlins are 20th in both categories, hitting .246 with 204 runs.
For pitching, the Phillies have the 12th best ERA in baseball (mired by the poor bullpen) and the Marlins are eighth.
Pitching in this series for the Phillies will be Kyle Kendrick, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. For the Marlins it will be Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco and Carlos Zambrano.