The Phillies try for eight-straight wins when Brett Myers (10-11, 4.06) and Josh Johnson (5-1, 3.30) take the mound in South Florida. First pitch is 7:10 ET.
Does it get any worse than a game in Florida during a pennant race? Yes. A game in Florida during a pennant race with Brett Myers pitching. Flashback to May 23, 2007 in Miami. You remember the game. Myers blows his shoulder needlessly pitching with a four-run lead in the ninth. Greg Dobbs throws home. Rod Barajas stands to tag Hanley Ramirez. The Phils actually win in extras, but it feels like a loss.
Fortunately, Myers has seen happier days, especially lately. Following Sunday's complete-game two-hitter, Myers enters tonight with a record of 7-2 and a 1.80 ERA since being recalled from the minor leagues. His worst outing may have occurred just days ago against the Marlins, when he was charged with four runs on eight hits and one walk, while fanning nine in a Sept. 10 loss.
Meanwhile, the Marlins try to spoil the Phillies' fun by sending out Johnson, a big, tough right-hander who appears to be back to 100 percent following elbow ligament surgery. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 outings.