The Phillies (79-65) continue their three games series with the fading Marlins (72-72) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (11-8, 5.06), who is coming off a very bad start against the Nationals on September 1, where he would only go four innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. The Phils have skipped his previous start in the rotation, which would’ve been this past Sunday against the Mets and have put him instead against the fish. During the Mets series, Kendrick worked out in the bullpen, trying to regain his composure as he tried to get over his sudden fear of going at opposing batters. Rich Dubee has claimed that this change of pace has done Kendrick some good. In his last two starts against the Marlins, his record is 1-1, as he pitched a combined total of ten and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on fourteen hits. Kendrick will be going for his twelfth win of the season while hoping to help the Phillies keep pace with the Mets. The Marlins will counter with rookie pitcher Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 3, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, in the Marlins’ 5-3 win. His previous start against the Phillies on August 7 was a victory as he pitched sixth innings, giving up no earned runs on three scattered hits, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be looking to improve his record while seeing if he can continue to bug the Phillies’ offense.
The Phillies’ offense objective tonight is simple: knock out Chris Volstad before he can get any control of the game, while hoping that Kyle Kendrick with go after hitters with his pitches, and getting Marlins’ batters to hit ground balls to his infielders while trying to avoid long pitch counts and getting hurt by left handers.
The Phillies are now behind the Mets by a game and a half in the East, as they begin a two games series with the presently hot Nationals in New York. They now lead the fading Marlins by seven games as they continue their three games series. In the wild card chase, they trail the Brewers by three games as the Brew Crew continues their series with the Reds, while they are a game and a half ahead of the Cardinals as they prepare to meet the Cubs for three games and are two games ahead of the Astros, who will continue their series with the woeful Pirates. The Phillies will be trying to gain some ground on both the Mets in the East and the Brewers in the wild card chase.