The Marlins have been a nice surprise this season. The Phillies have been a disappointment. Still, there’s no reason the Phils shouldn’t take care of business at home when they begin a marathon five-game series tonight.
Top to bottom, the Marlins have fielded a strong starting staff, just as good perhaps as the names being bantered about here at the trade deadline.
One of them is tonight’s starter Ricky Nolasco (8-6, 4.27 ERA), who spent all of last season in Double-A. Nolasco cruised to victory his last outing in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh. He faces Brett Myers (6-4, 3.74 ERA), who’s been nothing short of an ace since returning from his voluntary leave of absence.
Even though the Marlins are 7-3 in their last ten, and a game up on the Phils, I could see four of these five games going to the Phils, who’ve played solid baseball since the all-star break. This rare five-game home series should work in their favor against a young club. Myers is a clear favorite tonight to shut this team down, and I even like Cole Hamels tomorrow against the impatient Marlins hitters, even with D-Train going on the opposite end.
Even though some of their mates may soon be subtracted for prospects, part of me says it may actually have a positive effect on the remaining nucleus.