The Phillies play the first of 14 more sets against the National League East beginning tonight in Miami. The Fish trail the Phils and Mets by just 1.5 games in a suddenly tight division.
The Phillies have some catching up to do. The hometown nine have played the fewest division games of any team in the NL East, and tonight is the start of 12-game stretch of divisional games. This is what it’s all about: Phils and Mets all tied, the Marlins knocking on the door and a ton of division action left to play. We’ll get to know the Marlins, Mets, Braves and Nationals like the backs of our hands by the time this thing’s through.
The Marlins haven’t been pleased to make Jamie Moyer’s acquaintance. Moyer (8-6, 3.95) has won all nine of his career starts against them and has held them to a .184 average at Dolphins Stadium. They’ll counter with Ricky Nolasco (10-4, 3.70), who’s been a major reason why the Marlins continue to hang in. The Marlins have won Nolasco’s last seven starts and he’s been tough on the Phillies before.
It's a brand-new season, starting tonight at 7:10 ET.