Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Phillies at Marlins: Pre-Game Notes

August 14, 2012


Cole Hamels shutout the Marlins on Monday night in a 4-0 win. With a win tonight, the Phillies will be winners in seven of their last ten series. However, they will have to do it against the Marlins' Josh Johnson, who posted an impressive 1.75 ERA over his last four starts.

Philadelphia Phillies (53-62, 27-29 Road) at Miami Marlins (52-64, 28-30 Home)
7:10 PM ET at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida

Probable Starters

PHI: RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA)

MIA: RHP Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA)


Phillies                                               Marlins
1. SS Jimmy Rollins                          1. LF Bryan Petersen                                      
2. LF Juan Pierre                               2. CF Justin Ruggiano
3. 2B Chase Utley                             3. SS Jose Reyes
4. 1B Ryan Howard                          4. 1B Carlos Lee
5. RF Dominic Brown                      5. RF Giancarlo Stanton
6. CF John Mayberry Jr.                   6. 3B Gregg Dobbs
7. 3B Kevin Frandsen                       7. 2B Donavan Solano
8. C Brian Schneider                        8. C Rob Brantly
9. P Kyle Kendrick                           9. P Josh Johnson

- Erik Kratz has the night off tonight. Brian Schneider will be behind the plate to catch for Kendrick.

- Kendrick allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start. As a starter this season, he is 2-8, but he has had success against the Marlins over the past five years with an overall record of 7-2.

- The last time the Phillies faced Josh Johnson was at the end of June, when they could only score a single run off of him. Tonight, Johnson will be throwing to catcher Rob Brantly for the first time. Brantly came over from Detroit on the July 23 trade of Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. The Phillies can capitalize on the lack of familiarity in the Johnson-Brantley battery.

- With the win on Monday night, the Phillies put themselves a game and a half out of last place. Once again, the goal will be to win to stay further away from the basement.

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