Miami Marlins: Slumping Fish hit the road

Marlins look to get on right foot in Philadelphia

After a disappointing 3-7 homestand, the Miami Marlins will hit the road for a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The dismal homestand has the Marlins below the .500 mark for the first time since the end of April.

Though the Phillies rank near the bottom of every major offensive category, the staples of the Philadelphia order continue to do damage. Second baseman Chase Utley is hitting .300 with a team-high 40 runs scored on the season while first baseman Ryan Howard ranks fourth in the National League with 50 RBIs to go along with his 14 home runs.

The centerpiece of the Miami order continues to be outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton leads the National League with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs. Stanton homered three times on the recent homestand and has now hit the 20-homer plateau in each of his first five big league seasons. Stanton is currently on pace to best the club record of 42 home runs in a season, set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.

While Miami has fallen below .500, the Fish are just 2.5 games out of first place in the National League East with a 37-38 record. The Marlins also sit just a game back of the second place Atlanta Braves.

At 34-40, the Philadelphia Phillies are tied with the New York Mets for fourth place in the division. Both clubs sit five games back of the first place Washington Nationals.

The four-game set in Philadelphia will feature four night games. The series will begin on Monday and conclude on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. eastern time each night.

Season Series
Philadelphia leads 4-2. The Phillies swept the Marlins when the teams first met in Philadelphia back in mid-April. Philadelphia won in its final at-bat in two of those three contests.

Marlins Musings

Ozuna Shows Off the Arm
In Miami’s 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night, outfielder Marcell Ozuna played the role of hero with a pair of amazing plays in the field. In the top of the eighth, Ozuna gunned out David Wright on a single by Eric Campbell to preserve a one-run lead. An inning later, the Mets looked to have tied the game on a deep fly ball off the bat of Chris Young. Roughly 30 feet from the warning track, Ozuna made the catch with his momentum going forward before throwing out Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game. The two outfield assists was a new career-best for Ozuna as the Marlins collected their lone win during their recent series with the Mets.

Heaney Shines, but Loses Debut
Miami Marlins’ rookie pitcher Andrew Heaney made his big league debut on Thursday night against the Mets. Although Heaney took the loss, the rookie left-hander was solid in six innings. In his first six innings at the Major League level, Heaney allowed just a run on four hits in a 1-0 loss. Heaney will next take the mound on Tuesday night in Philadelphia for his first career road start.

Pitching Match-ups
Monday – Nathan Eovaldi (MIA) 4-3, 3.76 ERA vs. Roberto Hernandez (PHI) 3-5, 4.52 ERA
Tuesday – Andrew Heaney (MIA) 0-1, 1.50 ERA vs. David Buchanan (PHI) 3-3, 4.95 ERA
Wednesday – Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 4-3, 2.39 ERA vs. A.J. Burnett (PHI) 5-6, 3.89 ERA
Thursday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 5-6, 3.74 ERA vs. Cole Hamels (PHI) 2-4, 2.76 ERA

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