The last time the Phillies faced the Marlins, they completed a sweep to improve to 30-30 on the year. Ryan Howard was in the lineup. Ben Revere was hitting .245. There was still hope of a winning season.
The Phils were 9-4 against Miami through June 5. All 13 of those games came while Giancarlo Stanton was on the DL with a hamstring injury. Stanton, who's hitting .295/.415/.636 over his last 25 games with eight homers, is batting fourth.
The Marlins actually have a better run differential (-121) than the Phils (-129). How sad is that?
Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97) is on the hill Monday night. With one out, he'll reach the 200-inning mark for the sixth straight season. No other active NL pitcher has done that. In the AL, Mark Buehrle (12), CC Sabathia (7) and James Shields (7) have longer streaks.
The Phillies face Marlins rookie Sam Dyson, who is making his first career start. Dyson had a 2.82 ERA in 61 minor-league appearances, but struck out just 4.9 batters per nine.
This is the first game of the Phillies' final homestand of the season. They have three here this week with the Marlins, then three with the Mets. After that, they hit the road for seven in Miami and Atlanta.
At 69-80, the Phillies are two losses away from their first losing season since 2002, when they went 80-81. If the season ended today they'd have the 13th pick in the draft.
1) Cesar Hernandez, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Darin Ruf, 1B
7) Cody Asche, 3B
8) Roger Bernadina, RF
9) Cliff Lee, P