Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) went six innings last Tuesday in Cincinnati allowing just two runs (on a Jay Bruce two run home run) over six hits while striking out three. Unfortunately the offense completely shutdown on Kendrick as they scored only one run and Kendrick got the loss in the 2-1 defeat. Kendrick is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts and 7-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his last 9 appearances against the Marlins.
Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) went six innings allowing three runs on five hits in a no decision against the Brewers last Tuesday. The Marlins would go on to lose the game 8-4. In two previous appearances against the Phillies, the left-handed LeBlanc has allowed just three runs in 15 innings.
The Phillies come in having won four straight and looking to take advantage of the cellar dwelling Miami Marlins, who are just one of three teams that have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention (along with the Cubs and Astros). The Phillies took both games of the doubleheader yesterday and received a spark in the form of the return of All Star catcher Carlos Ruiz who went 2-for-2 in his return. Among the September call-ups for the Phillies is one name that has become a household name of late, Darrin Ruf. The Double-A slugger has been called up for tonight’s game but is not in the lineup. Manager Charlie Manuel said he will run Ruf out in left field to see how he handles the position. Ruf will wear no. 18 for the big club.
The Marlins come into tonight’s game a completely different team than they were at the beginning of the season. Former face of the franchise Hanley Ramirez has been dealt to the Dodgers. Ultimate utilityman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez has both been dealt to the Detroit Tigers. Despite the makeover the Marlins have been scoring at a feverish pace. In their last seven games the Marlins are averaging 6.4 runs per game and are hitting a shade under .300 at .299. They went 4-3 in their last seven and have won seven of their last 12 games.
The key for the Phillies is for them to try and figure out Wade LeBlanc who they have historically struggled against. The rest of the series’ pitching matchups work in favor of the Phillies as they throw Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee out there for the next two games.
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. John Mayberry Jr. CF
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Ty Wigginton LF
6. Domonic Brown RF
7. Erik Kratz C
8. Michael Martinez 3B
9. Kyle Kendrick P
First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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