32-33, 3rd in NL East
17-11 on the road
1-9 in last 10 games
Tuesday, 7:05, Cole Hamels (8-2) v. Chris Volstad (2-6)
Wednesday, (DH) 1:05 & 7:05 Kyle Kendrick (3-4)/Roy Hallady (9-3) v. Dontrelle Willis (0-0)/Anibal Sanchez (6-1)
Thursday, 1:05, Cliff Lee (6-5) v. Javier Vazquez (3-6)
(I have no idea who is throwing for the Fish on Wednesday. And I know Dontrelle Willis isn't even in the organization anymore. I just miss the ol' bastard...)
Runs - 264 (19th)
Avg - .252 (17th)
OBP - .321 (15th)
SLG - .394 (15th)
This team is in quite a funk. Sunday, the Marlins were 0-12 with RISP and had left 92 men on base in the last 10 games (not counting last night's game that was in progress at "press time".) Of course, shouldn't a team that has it's best player on the DL and starts Wes Helms expect to be pitiful on offense? I guess not, because last Wednesday the Fish fired hitting coach John Mallee and hired ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez.
Tuesday we should see the return of All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is returning from the DL due to a back injury. Ramirez is expected to be slotting into the leadoff spot. After 180 at-bats this season, Ramirez has put up a paltry line of .210-4-17. Let's hope he doesn't break out of that this week.
The other offensive star for Florida is OF Mike Stanton. After Stanton's first 160 games he has 38 home runs. Only eight players have hit more homers in their first 160 games, including our very own Ryan Howard (43).
ERA - 3.83 (15th)
WHIP - 1.28 (9th)
BAA - .245 (6th)
No Josh Johnson. The big righty won't be back before July.
The Phils have to face Sanchez (3.01 ERA) but Volstad and Vazquez have been putrid.
Closer Leo Nunez should be back for this series, also. He hasn't pitched since June 5 but nobody noticed because they Fish aren't winning any games.
Look for a few Randy Choate v. Utley/Howard match-ups. Choate has appeared in 26 games but has only pitched 10 innings. Ultimate LOOGY numbers...
Did I mention there's no Josh Johnson?
Phils take 3 of 4 at home.