Brett Myers (3-7, 5.13) tries to build on a run of strong starts when the Phillies open a three-game series with the second-place Marlins. Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 5.05) takes the ball for Florida.
Preview: If Myers has truly turned the corner, the May 30 game against these same Marlins would have been the turning point. Opponents are hitting just .135 over his last two starts. Considered their best chance to get ace-quality pitching from an internal source, Myers has struck out 19 in his last 15 1-3 innings. Myers will be backed by the best bullpen in the National League based on ERA; led by closer Brad Lidge, the Phils 'pen ranks first in ERA (2.58) wins (17) and winning percentage (.708). Following yesterday's loss to the Reds, the Marlins trail the Phils by a full 4 games in the NL East. Nolasco defeated the Phils back on May 31, allowing two runs over 6 2-3 innings.
Cool stat: Via the AP, the Phillies have outscored their opponents 158-98 in the sixth inning and later this season. The 60-run differential is nearly double that of the second-best team in the majors. They also have the best winning percentage in baseball since April 20 (.660). [Live Boxscore]