The Miami Marlins are coming off a series victory over the division-leading Washington Nationals. This late into an awful season, there are not many storylines to discuss in a series like that on the Marlins' side, but at least the Nationals had the Stephen Strasburg situation to discuss en masse. However, with the Fish visiting the Philadelphia Phillies and both teams not necessarily going anywhere (the Marlins much more so than the Phillies), this could be among the least interesting series in baseball for the fans of teams not involved.
But as Marlins fans, we are still more than interested in the Fish.Pitching Matchup
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Wade LeBlanc finally did as expected in his last outing versus the Milwaukee Brewers, as he finally allowed a home run in a start! Honestly though, he still pitched pretty well, allowing three runs in six innings with only one walk but also just one strikeout. Expectations on LeBlanc are still pretty low, and right now he is more or less being used to buffer the inning counts for Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi, so not much is expected from his spot. That he is pitching decently is a #minorvictory for the Fish.
Kyle Kendrick once outdueled Josh Johnson in a 1-0 victory over the Fish at Marlins Park. If this does not describe how ugly the 2012 season has been for the Fish, very few things will. Hopefully none of that happens.
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The Marlins get to face a righty, which means they get to run out their best lineup at this stage of the season. And yes, I just admitted the team's best lineup contains Greg Dobbs; it doesn't make me feel good either. But hey, at least Rob Brantly in a small sample thus far is hitting .278/.361/.481 (.349 wOBA). I'll take another #minorvictory, thank you.
- Yes, the Phillies have had a disappointing season. But hey, they're six games back of the second Wild Card spot! If you were a Phillies fan that was interested in their chances, Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley reveals the harsh truth.
- I'm likely to miss a good chunk of the start of the game, as I'll be back from a scheduled event and dinner by around 8:30 PM EST perhaps. Guys, keep the thread warm for me, I may end up back sooner.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Phillies 4-3