The Miami Marlins finished just 2-9 on their final road trip of the year as they return home to conclude the 2013 season with six games. The final homestand will begin on Monday with the first of three games against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Marlins enter the series in last place in the National League East with a record of 57-99, having already secured the worst record in the N.L. this season. Miami must win its final six games to avoid just its second 100-loss season in franchise history.
After being swept by the New York Mets, Philadelphia arrives in south Florida in a third place tie with the Mets in the National League East with a 71-84 record. The Phillies will finish with a losing record for the first time since 2002 and will fail to win at least 80 games for the first time since 2000.
After the series in south Florida, both teams will conclude the regular season against teams bound for the postseason as the Phillies visit the National League East champion Atlanta Braves and the Marlins will close 2013 against the Detroit Tigers at home.
Offensively, the Phillies are led by outfielder Domonic Brown and second baseman Chase Utley. Brown is fourth in the National League with 27 home runs while leading Philadelphia with 82 RBIs. Utley has had a sub-par season by his standards, but leads the Phillies with a .281 batting average. Utley has missed a number of games this season, but is second on the club with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs.
Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton comes into the series tied for ninth in the National League with 24 home runs. Stanton leads Miami not only in home runs, but with 58 RBIs and 60 runs scored as well.
The Marlins will see starting pitchers Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay in the series. Hamels is a former World Series hero with the Phillies back in 2008 while Halladay is a former Cy Young winner and likely a future Hall of Fame pitcher. Both have struggled this season, but Halladay did pick up his fourth win of the season against Miami his last time out.
All three games in the series will get underway at 7:10 P.M. eastern time. The three-game set will conclude the season series between the teams.
Philadelphia leads 11-5. The Phillies have already won the season series with the Marlins and are 4-2 in south Florida this season. The teams have not met in Miami since late May when Philadelphia took two of three. Philadelphia also took two of three when the teams last met, in Philadelphia one week ago.
Monday – Roy Halladay (PHI) 4-4, 6.71 ERA vs. Nate Eovaldi (MIA) 3-6, 3.79 ERA
Tuesday – Zach Miner (PHI) 0-1, 3.22 ERA vs. Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 4-5, 4.05 ERA
Wednesday – Cole Hamels (PHI) 8-14, 3.62 ERA vs. Brad Hand (MIA) 1-1, 3.14 ERA