3 game series vs Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park
|Sat 06/02||4:05 PM EDT|
|Sun 06/03||1:35 PM EDT|
The Miami Marlins are coming off their best month in team history, and their success has fueled them into a second place spot in the NL East division. Now they are looking to start a hot month of June, as the club begins the month with a three-game series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Fish will look to take advantage of a Phillies team that has done better but is still struggling with various injuries.
Tale of the Tape
|.308 (20)||wOBA||.316 (13)|
|89 (24)||wRC+||96 (16)|
|3.60 (8)||ERA||3.79 (12)|
|3.41 (2)||FIP||3.67 (8)|
Truth be told, as much as the Phillies have struggled this season, it certainly does not look like they should be floundering. Indeed, they are middle of the pack offensively, which is a surprise given that they are without their two best hitters. Part of the reason is the massive hot steak of Carlos Ruiz, who has turned into some sort of catching Superman at the plate (.371/.422/.615, .441 wOBA) and part of it is the fact that some of their bench players have compensated for a slew of struggles from reliable starters like Jimmy Rollins (.277 wOBA) and Placido Polanco (.286).
The Marlins are going at it from their usual angle of preventing runs while just getting enough Giancarlo Stanton home runs to make things work. Hey, it worked out in May, right? But seriously, as we mentioned earlier, a lot of the Marlins' offensive talents are on their way back to good results.
Stadium: Citizens Bank Park
Surprisingly, over the last few years, Citizens Bank Park has played fairly neutral despite its home run advantages. The left and right field lines are not terribly deep nor are they abnormally short, but it is the short left- and right-center power alleys that make home runs a little easier to attain. Expect fewer triples unless you run a ball into deep center field into their version of the old Bermuda Triangle in Sun Life Stadium.Pitching Matchup
|Proj Win%||Proj ERA||FIP||ERA||Marlins||Nationals||ERA||FIP||Proj ERA||Proj Win%|
Mark Buehrle is very clearly Mark Buehrle, as evidenced by his performance so far this season. The guy has been exactly who we thought he was in almost every way, and right now, there is very little to complain or get excited about. When he goes out there tonight, expect it to look just like when he goes out in most evenings.
The Phillies will counter with Kyle Kendrick, whom we last knew as a terrible pitcher. It turns out that he has gotten better at being similar to Buehrle in that he tries his best to limit walks and does not get many strikeouts. This year, he has struck out almost 14 percent of his batters and walked just 6.2 percent of them, and the results have at least been better than his early days. Nevertheless, here's to hoping the Marlins crush him as they have in the past.
|Order||Player||Proj wOBA vs. RHP|
There is nothing abnormal about tonight's lineup, as Ozzie Guillen has run with this group ever since a slew of outfield injuries more or less left the Marlins with few choices. Still, the lineup has performed well, and there is little reason not to look at it again.
- Our good friends at The Good Phight have a few articles of interest. David S. Cohen asks why everyone is so concerned about Jimmy Rollins's slow start when it is a common occurrence in his career. WholeCamels interviewed Dr. Bradford Parsons to talk about Roy Halladay's injured latissimus dorsi muscle.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Phillies 5-3