The Phillies and Marlins entered the season with high expectations and find themselves mired in the National League East cellar. The two sides open a three-game series. Cole Hamels (3.08 ERA) tries for his 13th win.
Beerleaguer: Tough break for outfielder Nate Schierholtz who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured big toe this afternoon. Schierholtz, who struggled for playing time with the Giants, has been given a relatively wide open shot to prove himself since his July 31 trade from San Francisco. In 37 plate appearances, he's hitting .219/.278/.344 with 1 homer and has been tested in center field for the first time in his career. At 28, and arbitration eligible until 2015 when he becomes a free agent, the loss of Schierholtz becomes a tough break for the Phillies as well as they gauge how best to allocate resources after the season. Clearly, they will be looking for help in the outfield, but the extent of it depends a lot on how Schierholtz, John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown perform over the final weeks.
The injury could also open up the door for Reading outfielder Tyson Gillies in a September try-out. Gillies, who is on the 40-man roster, has had trouble staying on the field, but was impressive during spring training and is hitting .293/.371/.441 over 216 plate appearances with Reading. With a wide-open hole in center field, and with a need to get more defensive in the outfield (and younger in general), Gillies could find himself on good footing for next season, despite his missteps.