The Miami Marlins have lost seven straight games, and they get to face the Philadelphia Phillies in the penultimate series of the year. The good news is that the Marlins are at home. The bad news is that the team is still destitute after injuries have taken out key members for a long period of time. So, you know, the usual for the last two weeks of the year.
The Phillies made a run for the playoffs recently, but it appears as though they will fall well short of that mark after starting the season terribly slowly. Both teams have to be disappointed with where they are standing, which means that, at worst, they will take their frustrations out on each other.
Tale of the Tape
|.302 (26)||wOBA||.314 (16)|
|88 (T-26)||wRC+||94 (T-18)|
|4.13 (T-20)||ERA||3.89 (T-11)|
|3.94 (T-14)||FIP||3.74 (6)|
Remember when the Marlins were good? Me neither. Remember when the Phillies were bad? That's not happening right now, thanks in part due to the returns of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to the lineup and the stabilization of their pitching staff. While things have perked up for the Phillies as of late, the Marlins are starting Gorkys Hernandez and Gil Velazquez in their lineup.
Stadium: Marlins Park
Today is a first for Fish Stripes and the series previews of the season. Rather than contact the good folks over The Good Phight today (not that I would not contact WholeCamels and the gang over there), I talked to an old friend from my former network, FanSided. Justin Klugh of the excellent Phillies Blog That Balls Outta Here was nice enough to answer three questions for me. Keep in mind that Justin is an interesting character to say the least when you take a gander at this series preview. Here are my questions for him.
1) So on a scale of one to ten, how disappointing was the Phillies' season for you? Like, is it "Kyle Kendrick versus the Marlins" (hey, he's Kyle Kendrick, but at least they can't hit him!) or more like "Kyle Kendrick versus everyone else" (damn, he's Kyle Kendrick!)?
2) What would Charlie Manuel have to do to actually get Roy Halladay to skip his last start this Saturday against the Fish given his recent struggles?
I will point you to this post on That Ball's Outta Here, which got one reader to label me a "...stupid classless yankee bastard." And it's been my experience that anyone using the word "yankee" as a geographical slur is usually pretty on the ball and might actually be one of Chipper's direct relatives.
I want to thank Justin for answering those questions in his usual charming fashion. Do get a gander at That Balls Outta Here, which is Justin at his most hilarious. He did offer me some questions as well to answer, and here's a preview of what you can expect to see over at his site.
1) You recently said in a private email to me, "...no one wants to talk to me because I'm with the Marlins." How does complete isolation from society affect your social skills, and do you blame your favorite baseball team for ruining your life?
Yes and no. My natural shyness and social anxiety tend to like being alone, but I'm starting to feel a pang in my chest for the company of anyone other than my computer and the Miami Marlins players that appear on the screen to play baseball in the evenings. It has not been easy, and I'm this close to venturing into the outside world with a Yankees hat just so I can feel that I'm alive.
There is much more, and some of it is actually serious, over at TBOH. As always, thanks to Justin and good luck to both teams this series!