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Series Preview: Marlins at Phillies, 9/6-9/8


Double header Labor Day action begins a 4-game series in Philadelphia as the Marlins (69-66) take on the Phillies (78-59). Details on the pitching match ups and more below!


Monday, game 1- 1:05pm. Adalberto Mendez (No record) vs. Vance Worley (0-0, 0.00 ERA). The 28-year-old Mendez will be making his Major Debut. Mendez went 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 games at Triple-A this season. Worley has been an All-star the past two seasons for the Phillies' Double A affiliate Reading. In 8 starts with Triple A Lehigh Valley this year, Worley had a 1-3 record with a 3.77 ERA. The right-handed Worley was a 3rd round pick in the 2008 amateur draft.

Monday, game 2- 7:05pm. Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.14 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (10-13, 3.01 ERA). Sanchez is 3-6 with a 5.20 in 10 career starts against the Phillies. In his last 5 starts, Sanchez is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA. Chase Utley is 9-for-23 (.391 avg) against Sanchez in his career. In his last 5 starts, Oswalt has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.02 ERA. In 13 career starts against the Marlins, Oswalt is 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA. Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-25 (.400 avg) with 3 doubles and 2 homers against Oswalt in his career.

Tuesday, 7:05pm. Chris Volstad (9-9, 4.82 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.25 ERA). In 9 career starts against Philadelphia, Volstad is 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA. In his last 5 starts, Volstad is 4-1 with a 5.59 ERA. In 4 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, the righty Volstad is 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA. Ryan Howard is 9-for-20 (.450 avg) with 5 homeruns against Volstad. Blanton is 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 12 home starts this season. In his last 8 starts, Blanton has posted a 3-0 record and a 3.72 ERA.

Wednesday, 7:05pm. Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.18 ERA). Miller, a lefty, is 0-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 career games. Shane Victorino is 9-for-17 (.529 avg) with 3 doubles and 2 homeruns against Miller in his career. In his last 3 starts, Hamels is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. Hamels is 5-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 home starts this season. In 13 career starts against the Marlins, Hamels has a 2-7 record with a 4.26 ERA.


In 78 games against the Phillies, Hanley Ramirez is a .302 hitter with 10 HR and 29 RBI.

Dan Uggla is a .212 hitter in 40 career games at Citizens Bank Park. In his last 17 games, Uggla is 5-for-66 (.076 avg).

In 9 games against the Marlins this year, Carlos Ruiz is batting .394 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI.

Ryan Howard has posted a .231 batting average since the All-star break. In his last 10 home games, Howard is 6-for-39 (.154 avg).

Ryan Madson has a 0.82 ERA dating back to July 31st. Wes Helms is 0-for-9 in his career against Madson.

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