Historically, tonight's host and host city (actually, more like industrial sprawl 30 miles outside Miami) have been unkind to the Phillies.
Where is Vicente Padilla when you need him?
Dontrelle Willis, the man who should have won the NL Cy Young, was unstoppable against all but one Phillie last season: Padilla, whose circus-act triple blew open the game in their only defeat of the D-Train.
Those were different times, however, good times, before the team was gutted of some of their best stars. The Marlins (6-16) were swept by Colorado at home over the weekend and have lost six of their last seven games.
The Phillies (10-14) just finished April with the same record as last season, and are coming off a poor showing against Pittsburgh. In that series, the bats fell silent the first two games against pitchers who entered the game with ERAs over 7.
That can't happen tonight against Willis (1-1, 3.13 ERA), a tough left-hander who always gives the Phillies fits. This season, the Phils are hitting just .234/.330/.376 against lefties. This will be his Willis' 13th career start against the Phils, the most against any team. Willis is 5-3 with a 2.96 ERA against them.
Dolphins Stadium, and the mostly Philly-faithful crowds they attract for these games, has also been rough on the Phils. Historically, the team is 40-57 there.
Ryan Madson (2-1, 8.50 ERA) takes to the hill in need of the same medicine Gavin Floyd received yesterday.