The now first place Phillies (32-24) continue their three games series with the second place Marlins (30-23) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first of the two weekend games will be played tonight, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound their young ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a bad outing against the Astros on May 25, where he would last only four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, while not be able to record a strikeout, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 15-6 thrasing of Houston. He has won three of his last six starts, while receiving three no decisions, all won by the Phils, in which he would go forty and a third innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, including a spell where he would go nineteen and two-thirds innings without giving up a run, on thirty-three scattered hits. Lifetime against the Marlins, he is 2-2 in four starts with an ERA of 4.13. He will be looking for his first victory in three starts, while trying to help increase the Phillies’ first place lead and increase the Phils’ winning streak to six games in a row. He will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off of a victory against his major nemesis, the Mets, on May 26, where he would pitch five innings, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He is presently riding a two games winning streak, which he hopes to extend to three while trying to slow down the Phillies’ offense juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The final game of the three games home stand will be played at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow afternoon, at 1:35 pm Eastern time. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45), who is coming off an excellent outing against the Rockies on May 26, where he would go seven innings, giving up only four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven, in the Phillies’ 20-5 rout. He has won four of his last five starts, getting a lot of run support from the offense in his wins. He hopes to win his fourth start in a row while keeping the Marlins on the ropes. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53), who is coming off a recent lost to the Mets on May 27, where he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Marlins’ 5-3 lost. He hopes to improve his record while trying to see if he can quiet down the Phillies’ offensive machine.
The Phillies’ offense has been very potent during their last nine games, and hope to continue during the rest of the weekend series as they expect to receive good pitching performances from both Hamels and Moyer to help derail the Marlins so that they can increase their present lead over the Marlins by trying to end the weekend with a sweep, giving themselves a seven games winning streak, and putting themselves ten games over .500 for the season.
The first place Phils lead the Marlins by half a game, while they lead the third place Braves by two and a half game, although the Braves are presently leading the Reds in their game, and lead the fourth place Mets by four and a half games, although they are presently losing their game with the Dodgers. The Phils hope to end the weekend with at least a half game lead over the fish while increasing their leads over both the Braves and the Mets.
After the Marlins leave town, the Phils will complete their ten games home stand with a four games series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Edit: The Mets have come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2. So they are at the moment trailing the Phillies by four games.
Edit 2: The Reds have just defeated the Braves in 10 innings, 8-7. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three games.
Edit 3: The Phils are presently leading the Marlins, 1-0, in the middle of the 3rd inning.