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As June comes to an end, Phillies look to snap skid vs Marlins

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Phillies are desperate for a win at Marlins Park as June ends

The Philadelphia Phillies (43-40) have fallen 6.5 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East Division standings.

That difference can be almost entirely attributed to the two teams performance against the last-place Miami Marlins (32-49) this season.
While the Braves have dominated the Fish with an 8-1 head-to-head record, the Marlins have gone 7-5 against the Phillies. That includes victories in the last five games between the teams over the last two weekends.
While the Marlins continue to rank last in the entire National League in runs-per-game with their 3.62 mark, they also continue to defy their normal statistics when facing the Phillies pitching staff.
In the last four victories between the two teams, the Miami offense has produced 26 runs. That means they have scored nearly three more runs-per-game in those contests than the Marlins hitters average as their normal result.
When the series began, the key for the Phillies to get a series victory was to find a way to score against the stingy Marlins pitching staff while keeping their hitters in the ball park. Instead, the Fish bats have produced 23 hits including three long balls.
It’s no longer about a series victory. This one is lost. It will make five of the last six series dropped by the Phillies. In fact, today will bring to an end a disastrous month of June in which the club has gone just 10-16 to this point. They began the month at nine games over the .500 mark with a three-game lead in the NL East. At this point, they just need a win.



  1. Scott Kingery CF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto C
  6. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  7. Brad Miller LF
  8. Maikel Franco 3B
  9. Jake Arrieta P
Jay Bruce remains out of the lineup, day-to-day for now with a sore elbow.


  1. Miguel Rojas SS
  2. Harold Ramirez RF
  3. Garrett Cooper 1B
  4. Brian Anderson 3B
  5. Curtis Granderson LF
  6. Starlin Castro 2B
  7. Jorge Alfaro C
  8. JT Riddle CF
  9. Trevor Richards P
Former Phillies catcher Alfaro is 0-5 since returning from a stint on the IL due to the MLB concussion protocol. He was the “Spotlight Player” in our series opposition preview of the Marlins, which contains some revealing information worth looking back on before the finale.


PHILLIES – Jake Arrieta: 7-6, 4.33 ERA, 99 hits over 97.2 IP across 16 starts with a 75/39 K:BB. The 33-year-old right-hander has given the Phillies six innings in each of this last three outings. But while the first two of those were strong, he was tuned up by the Mets his last time out for five earned and nine hits including two homers in a game the team eventually won. He started twice in April vs Miami, dominating them on April 12 in Marlins Park, but getting hit hard in an April 27 start against Richards (below), one that the Phillies would win by 12-9.
MARLINS – Trevor Richards: 3-8, 3.94 ERA, 76 hits over 89 IP across 16 starts with an 80/38 K:BB. The 26-year-old right-hander was signed as an undrafted free agent in July 2016. Made his MLB debut last season, making 25 starts as a rookie. He has five starts already against the Phillies, going 1-3 with a 6.64 ERA. The Phillies beat him up on April 27 at Citizens Bank Park for five earned runs on six hits including two home runs over just four innings.


  • The Phillies are now 5-10 during a month-long stretch of games against only divisional competition. There are 11 games left in that stretch, including today.
  • Following an off-day on Monday, the Phillies will remain on the road all of the coming week. There will be three games with the first-place Braves followed by three at Citi Field against the struggling New York Mets next weekend.
  • The MLB All-Star Game reserves are scheduled to be announced later today. The odds are that the Phillies will get just one representative for the National League team. That will probaby be either catcher J.T. Realmuto or reliever Hector Neris.


Phillies head to South Florida seeking revenge on the Miami Marlins

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Phillies visit Marlins Park seeking revenge

The Philadephia Phillies (43-38) are down in South Florida for a weekend meeting with the host Miami Marlins (30-49) at Marlins Park.

Coming off an uplifting four-game sweep of the New York Mets, the Phillies will be looking to extend their winning streak and avenge last weekend’s home sweep at the hands of the Fish.
A week ago at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins took all three games by holding the Phillies to just eight runs scored. By the end of that series, the Phillies had dropped seven games in a row and their season was spiraling out of control.
While the Mets series allowed the Phillies to regain their positive mojo, they cannot afford to give any of that momentum back. Just as they were last weekend, the Marlins are the owners of the worst record in the National League. They came home from Philadelphia and were promptly swept by the Washington Nationals.
The Marlins offense has generated just 3.52 runs-per-game, the worst run production in the NL and second-lowest scoring average in all of Major League Baseball. Their 60 home runs are the least in all of baseball and their .646 OPS is the lowest in the game.
That lack of power has not translated in their meetings with the Phillies. The Miami hitters have blasted 11 of their 60 home runs this season over 10 previous games between the two teams, resulting in a 5-5 split.
While they generally suffer to score, at least when playing the other 28 teams in baseball, the Marlins pitching staff has been strong. The cumulative batting average against mark of .242 is tied for the 6th best in the game. The Miami pitchers have surrendered just 94 home runs, tied for the fourth-most stingy staff in baseball.
The challenge for the Phillies this weekend will be the same as last. Find a way to score against Marlins pitching. The Phillies have scored 45 runs in the 10 meetings. That is a mediocre 4.5 runs-per-game, and it is exaggerated by two games in which the Phillies hitters produced 21 runs. That means in the other eight games, the Phillies have averaged just 4.375 runs.
Also, Phillies pitching is going to have to start holding the Marlins hitters in the park themselves, the same way those other 28 pitching staffs have been doing.



Brian Anderson: The 26-year-old third baseman leads the Fish with 10 homers, 26 extra-base hits, and 34 RBIs
Garrett Cooper: 28-year-old right fielder slashing .311/.379/.490 has 7 homers, 12 extra-base hits, and 23 RBIs in just 169 plate appearances
Miguel Rojas: 30-year-old shortstop hitting .286 with a .350 OBP leads the club with 19 doubles and a half-dozen steals
Neil Walker: 33-year-old first baseman hitting .280 with a .362 OBP has 14 XBH over 177 plate appearances. Just activated this past week after spending a month on the IL
Harold Ramirez: 25-year-old rookie playing mostly LF is slashing .313/.348/.407 with 21 runs and 18 RBIs over just 158 plate appearances after being promoted on May 11
Starlin Castro: 29-year-old second baseman is second on the club with 32 RBIs and always seems to do something against the Phillies


Jorge Alfaro: the 26-year-old catcher was traded to the Fish from the Phillies along with top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez and another prospect arm in exchange for J.T. Realmuto back in early February. He came to the Phillies as part of a big package received in the Cole Hamels deal with Texas at the 2015 MLB trade deadline.
Alfaro’s status for this series is currently up in the air. He is currently on the IL under the seven-day concussion protocol. In a game last Thursday against the Saint Louis Cardinals, Alfaro was hit in the mask by a back-swing of former Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna. He later took a foul ball off the mask as well. He is eligible to be activated as early as the series opener on Friday, and will be a day-to-day decision at this point.
Prior to his IL stint, Alfaro was one of the Marlins top run producers. Their regular starting catcher, his nine homers are second and his 24 RBIs are third among all Miami hitters.


FRIDAY – Elieser Hernandez: 0-2, 4.34 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 18 hits over 18.2 IP across four games (three starts) with a 19/4 K:BB ratio. The 24-year-old right-hander in his second big-league season went five innings last weekend, allowing three earned on four hits including a pair of homers. He struck out six and walked two and left with the Phillies up 3-1. The Marlins rallied to win 5-3 after he was out.
SATURDAY – Jordan Yamamoto: 3-0, 0.95 ERA, 0.789 WHIP, seven hits over 19 IP across three starts with a 19/8 K:BB ratio. The 23-year-old righty rookie from Hawaii came to the Marlins from the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2018 as part of a four-prospect package for Christian Yelich. This will be his third big-league start. He allowed just two hits and two earned in a five-inning start last weekend at Citizens Bank Park, earning the victory in a 6-4 Marlins win. Yamamoto has won each of his three starts to this point.
SUNDAY – Trevor Richards: 3-8, 3.94 ERA, 1.281 WHIP, 76 hits over 89 IP across 16 starts with an 80/38 K:BB ratio. The 26-year-old righty is in his second big-league season after signing as an undrafted free agent back in July 2016. The Phillies got to him for five earned on six hits including a pair of homers over four innings in a 12-9 victory back on April 27 in Miami.


Don Mattingly: As a ballplayer, Mattingly was a New York Yankees legend who played his entire 14-year big-league career in the Bronx. The 1985 AL MVP and runner-up for the award the following year, he was one of the top players of the second half of the 1980’s. Mattingly made six consecutive AL All-Star teams as a first baseman from 1984-89, and won nine AL Gold Glove Awards at the position. He also won three straight Silver Sluggers 1985-87.
Mattingly served as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager for five years 2011-15, guiding the Dodgers to three straight NL West crowns in his final three seasons. Over parts of four seasons now in Miami he has fashioned a 249-314 record and been at the helm as the franchise has undergone a major personnel teardown and rebuild process.


Marlins Park has been renovated for the 2019 season. Perhaps the most noticeable difference for fans in Philly watching this series on television will be the removal of the massive and colorful home run sculpture that adorned center field since the ballpark opened for the 2012 season.
The dimensions are 344 down the left field line and 335 to right field. A big ballpark, the right- and left-center power alleys are 392 and 386 feet away respectively. It will be a 407 foot shot to dead-center field.
Located on the site of the old Orange Bowl, Marlins Park sits in the Little Havana section of the city, just two miles west of the downtown Miami area. At a 37,442 normal seating capacity, it is the third-smallest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It is also one of six MLB parks with a retractable roof, so weather is unlikely to play any role this weekend.

Late blast from Rhys Hoskins gives Phillies a shootout win over Marlins

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Rhys Hoskins two-run 8th inning homer clinched Saturday’s win

The Philadelphia Phillies (15 – 12) and Miami Marlins (8 – 19) engaged in a wild one down in South Philly on Saturday night. In the end, the Phillies would come out on top at Citizens Bank Park by a 12-9 score, but not before sweating out the end of what looked early-on as if it would be a blowout for the home team.

The Phillies put up crooked numbers in both the 2nd and 5th innings to blow out to a 10-1 lead over the first half of the contest. Nick Williams blasted his first home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in the second to get the scoring started.
Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco followed Williams with singles, and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta bunted them over into scoring position with two outs. A passed ball by Jorge Alfaro allowed Hernandez to score to make it a 2-0 game.
Andrew McCutchen then drew a walk from Marlins starter Trevor Richards. That was followed by a scary moment as shortstop Jean Segura, just activated today after a stint on the Injured List, was plunked on the head. He walked off under his own power and was replaced by Sean RodriguezBryce Harper then ripped a two-run double to right, scoring both Franco and McCutchen to give the Phillies an early 4-0 lead.
The Marlins got one back in the top of the 3rd inning when Starlin Castro grounded into a 6-5 force out with the bases loaded that scored Curtis Granderson. The Phillies got that one back when McCutchen drilled his fifth home run of the season out to left field.

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He hits his 5th homer of the season to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead.

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Holding a 5-1 lead, the Phillies appeared to break out to an insurmountable lead when they scored five times in the home 5th inning. The big blow was a two-run single by Franco. That was followed by a run-scoring infield single from Arrieta and a two-run double by Rodriguez to push the Phillies lead out to 10-1.
Arrieta was struggling some, but keeping the Marlins off the scoreboard – until the top of the 6th inning. The Fish put up a four-spot in that frame, driving the Phillies starter from the game and cutting the lead down to 10-5. The big blow was a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Granderson that got away from McCutchen in center field.
With both starting pitchers out of the game the final few innings would be in the hands of the two bullpens. The Marlins would get to the Phillies pen in the top of the 7th to cut into the lead some more.
Enyel De Los Santos, who was called up earlier this week after a successful start to the season in the Triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation, was victimized by a two-run homer from Alfaro to make it 10-7. Alfaro now has mulitple hits in all five games that he has played this season against his former team.
In the top of the 8th, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler turned to Seranthony Dominguez. The Marlins just kept coming. Rosell Herrera and Neil Walker each singled, one of which could easily have been an error on Hernandez. Granderson then grounded out 1-3 on a ball that Hoskins nearly made an error on, but recovered in time to nip the speedy Granderson with a pitch to Dominguez covering.
With runners at second and third, a Rojas ground out scored one run and an RBI single by Brian Anderson another, and suddenly the Marlins had trimmed the once comfortable 10-1 Phillies cushion down to a 10-9 nail-biter.
In the bottom of the 8th inning with the game now a nervous tightrope walk, Rhys Hoskins decided to play hero. With Rodriguez aboard on a leadoff walk, Hoskins blasted a no-doubt two-run home run out to left field, pushing the Phillies lead out to 12-9.
For the 9th inning, Kapler turned to Hector Neris to try and close it out. Neris allowed a one-out single and a two-out walk, bringing Chad Wallach to the plate as the tying run for the Fish. Neris buckled down and struck Wallach out swinging on a nasty splitter and the Phillies had a 12-9 victory.


  • Jake Arrieta: 5 IP, 9 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 99 pitches (71 strikes)
  • Trevor Richards: 4 IP, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 76 pitches (49 strikes)


The Phillies first baseman went 2-4 and his eighth inning, two-run homer off Drew Steckenrider, his eighth of the season, gave the club some breathing room when it needed it most.


  • Sunday April 28 at 1:05 pm vs. the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park
  • This will be the Phillie Phanatic birthday celebration: hooded towels to kids 14 and under
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 (Spanish)

Phillies need to win this weekend series against the Marlins

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Winning this weekend series at home is important for the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies (14 – 12) will host the Miami Marlins (8 – 18) on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Parkin South Philadelphia. This will be the third game of a four-game weekend set and the sixth overall meeting here in the early part of the season between the two divisional rivals.

Last night’s 4-0 victory left the Phillies alone in first place in the National League East Division standings. Meanwhile, Miami enters the contest with the worst record in the NL, tied with the Kansas City Royals for the worst record in all of Major League Baseball.
The Phillies really need to start taking advantage of teams like the Marlins, especially at home, winning series and putting runs on the board. After dropping the opener, the only way that the Phillies can win this particular series will be to capture both tonight and Sunday afternoon’s contests.
After this weekend, three of the next four series will be against teams who currently sport losing marks. But a glance forward reveals that much of the Phillies first-half schedule right through the MLB All-Star break is filled with tough opponents and/or divisional series and not too many games against non-contenders.
The Phillies will have enjoyed 17 home games by the time the month of April ends next Tuesday. That will be the most home dates the team will play during any calendar month this season: May (14), June (13), July (12), August (15), September (10) and then hopefully at least a handful in October.
Saturday night’s weather is expected to be sunny at the 6:05 pm first pitch time and right through sundown, then remaining clear with a near 0% chance of rain the entire night. It has been a windy day in Philly and will be breezy at the start, with winds around 15 mph out of the WNW. Those will diminish by about three mph with each passing hour, and the 62 degree first-pitch temperature will drop by about one degree per hour.



  1. Andrew McCutchen CF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto C
  6. Nick Williams LF
  7. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  8. Maikel Franco 3B
  9. Jake Arrieta P


  • Lefty reliever Adam Morgan delivered his 14th consecutive appearance without allowing a run in Friday night’s contest. That ties him for the second-longest such streak in franchise history. Should he extend it one more game, Morgan would join what is right now a four-way tie for the longest such opposition scoreless streak at 15 straight appearances. Two more in a row and the club record would be his alone.
  • After a scoreless 2/3 of an inning on Friday night, righty reliever Edubray Ramos has a 2.25 ERA over his last 68 innings dating back to August 22, 2017.
  • Cesar Hernandez is hitting .338 with a .394 OBP over his last 16 games and 71 plate appearances. J.T. Realmuto is slashing .325/.378/.625 over his last 45 plate appearances across 11 games (10 starts)
  • The Phillies are still not getting much offensive production from their bench group. Aside from the currently injured Scott Kingery, none of those reserve players his hitting higher than the .222 average of backup catcher Andrew Knapp, while Phil Gosselin (4) and Nick Williams (3) are the lone contributors with more than one RBI.


  1. Curtis Granderson LF
  2. Miguel Rojas 1B
  3. Brian Anderson RF
  4. Starlin Castro 2B
  5. Jorge Alfaro C
  6. Isaac Galloway CF
  7. Jon Berti 3B
  8. Rossell Herrera SS
  9. Trevor Richards P


  • Where the Marlins offense is concerned it’s all cold. Last night marked the seventh time already this season that the club has been shutout. In 20 of their 26 games the team has managed to score just three or fewer runs.
  • Saturday has been the Marlins day. They are unbeaten at 4-0 on Saturdays in these early weeks of the 2019 season with all of those victories coming against division rivals: 7-3 and 4-2 over the Braves, 10-3 over the Phillies, and 9-3 over the Nationals.
  • Jorge Alfaro continues to hit his old team. The catcher was obtained by the Phillies as part of the Cole Hamels trade with Texas back in 2015 and shipped to Miami in the Realmuto deal back in February. He now has two hits in each of the four games he has played against the Phillies.


  • Jake Arrieta: 3-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, 26 hits allowed over 34 IP with a 25/13 K:BB. His outing of eight innings 10 days ago against the Mets remains the club’s longest of the season.
  • Arrieta has delivered a Quality Start in each of his five outings this season. In his two losses the club has scored just three total runs. He has a career 6-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and a .217 batting average against with just 43 hits allowed over 55 innings against Miami.
  • Trevor Richards: 0-3, 3.72 ERA, 1.241 WHIP, 20 hits allowed over 29 IP with a 28/16 K:BB
  • Richards is a 25-year-old right-hander who made 25 starts for Miami as a rookie last season. He is giving them length this year, having gone at least six innings in four of his five outings. His last time out this past Sunday he struck out seven in a 5-0 loss to Washington. His Marlins teammates have severely let him down, scoring just eight runs over his five starts.
  • Following their loss to the Mets in his last outing, Arrieta publicly called out Bryce Harper for getting thrown out of the game early while things were still close. I wrote about it in the following piece: Arrieta was right, Phillies need Harper on the field


  • The Phillies activated shortstop Jean Segura from the IL on Saturday afternoon, returning outfielder Dylan Cozens to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
  • After Friday’s win the Phillies are now 9-3 when they score first, 11-3 when they score four or more runs, and 13-1 when they hold a lead after the 6th, 7th or 8th innings. They are 13-6 in games in which they blast at least one home run, and are 13-7 when their starting pitcher gives them at least five innings.
  • Andrew McCutchen remains just one RBI shy of 800 for his career. Maikel Franco is two doubles short of 100 for his career.
  • Realmuto has thrown out nine runners attempting to steal this season, by far the most in MLB. The next-highest catchers have five.
  • Neil Walker has by far the most experience facing Arrieta of any Marlins hitter. The veteran infielder has fared well against the Phillies starter over their careers. In 25 a-bats, Walker has a .320 average and has homered off Arrieta.