The first place Phillies (39-26) are visiting the second place Marlins (34-29) for a three games series at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, which they hope will end up with them creating a larger distance between themselves and the rest of the National League East. The first game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-7, 5.13), who is coming off of a lost to the Reds on June 4, where he lost a chance at a no-hitter as he would go seven and a third innings, giving up one earned run on one hit, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. His career record against the Marlins is 6-7 with a 4.89 ERA in 19 starts, including his recent start against the fish on May 30, in which he would pitch eight innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 13-3 crushing of the Marlins. He will be looking for his fourth victory of the year while setting up the tone of the series, like he did when the Marlins came into Philadelphia during the weekend before last. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 5.05), who is coming off of a lost to the Braves on June 5 which saw the end of his four games winning streak, as he pitched only five and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven earned runs on twelve hits, in the Marlins’ 7-5 lost. He is 2-2 lifetime against the Phillies, which would include his May 31 start the Phils in which he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be looking to defeat the red hot Phillies while trying to get the Marlins back into the pennant chase.
The Phillies will be looking to increase their now four game lead over the Marlins as they start their three games series against the fish in Miami. The third place Braves are trailing the Phils by six and a half games, as they start their own three games series with the National League Central leader the Cubs in Chicago. The fourth place Mets are behind the Phils by seven and a half games, as they play a three games series with the National League West leader the Diamondbacks in the Bronx.
With the present series the Phillies have an excellent opportunity to take a commanding lead in the National League East by either sweeping or just winning the series, while the Marlins young bloods have a chance to get back into the race by trying to slow down the presently red hot Phillies’ offense.