Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) at Florida Marlins (24-24)


After a pathetic three shutout losses against the New York Mets, the Phillies will look to turn their luck against the Florida Marlins. In a visit to Citizens Bank Park in April the Phillies lost the series 1-2. Withe the division being such a tight race, the Phillies must look to get back on track during this series.

GAME ONE: Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66) at Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31)

Kendrick is coming off of another lackluster start against Boston; lasting just four and two thirds innings giving up five runs on eight hits. It was his shortest outing since his start April 14th against the Washington Nationals. The Marlins are batting .349 against Kendrick; going 22-63, with three home runs and 13 RBIs. Dan Uggla has the hot bat against Kendrick, with five hits, a home run, and five RBIs. Volstad has lost his last three starts. He is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA at home, and lifetime he is 2-2 with a 3.21 against the Phillies. Current lineup is batting .234 with 22 hits in 92 at bats, including seven home runs. Wilson Valdez, who is in the lineup tonight, is 3-4 lifetime against Volstad. Ryan Howard accounts for four of the home runs against him.

GAME TWO: Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22) at Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43)

In the best matchup of the weekend, Halladay will look for better luck after his start Sunday against Boston. In his worst outing of the season, Halladay allowed seven runs on eight hits lasting just five and two third innings. The Marlins are batting .304 against him, with just one home run and seven RBIs. Johnson is coming off a six inning shutout inning against the Chicago White Sox, however it was the first time in his career he did not log a single strikeout. Collectively, the Phillies are batting.268 against hit with 34 hits and eleven walks in 141 plate appearances. They have three home runs and fourteen RBIs. Howard again has the hot bat against Johnson with two home runs and seven RBIs.

GAME THREE: Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55) at Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23)

Moyer has thrown at least six innings in all starts this season, until his start on Tuesday against New York. He allowed seven hits, four runs, and two walks in five innings of work in the 8-0 loss. He does well against the young Fish, and lifetime he is 13-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts against Florida. Marlins are batting .286 against Moyer, with 78 hits in 273 at bats. They have 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Hanley Ramirez has the hot bat against Moyer, going 17-48 with four home runs, seven RBIs, and five walks. Sanchez  is having a resurgent year; giving up no more than two runs in seven consecutive starts. His worst outing this year was in April against the Phillies, giving up five runs in six innings of work. Lifetime, the Phillies are batting .246 with 32 hits in 130 at bats. They have four home runs (Howard has two of them). 18 RBIs, and 22 walks.

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