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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

Miami, FL — Things seem to keep getting worse for the Philadelphia Phillies. At the end of April, they were showing progress and some improvement, en route to an 11-9 record. Things have drastically changed though. Since they blew a 5-2 lead back on April 29 against the Dodgers, the Phils have won six and lost 22. 

Their May woes have come from all ends, with starters not pitching deep into games, the offense being inconsistent and the bullpen roles not being set in stone. It's safe to say, the Phillies are likely more than ready to get May over and done with and start June fresh.

This afternoon, in their series finale in Miami, Aaron Nola gets the ball against Marlins right-hander Dan Straily.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (17-33) Miami Marlins (20-30)
RHP Aaron Nola RHP Dan Straily
(2-2, 4.34 ERA) (3-3, 3.83 ERA)

 Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (17-33) Miami Marlins (20-30)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 2B Cesar Hernandez  1 2B Dee Gordon L
2 RF  Aaron Altherr  2 SS J.T. Riddle L
3 LF  Howie Kendrick 3 CF Christian Yelich L
4 1B  Tommy Joseph  4 LF Marcell Ozuna R
5 Andrew Knapp 5 1B Justin Bour L
6 3B  Maikel Franco  6 3B Derek Dietrich L
7 CF  Odubel Herrera 7 C A.J. Ellis R
8 SS  Freddy Galvis  8 RF Ichiro Suzuki L
9 Aaron Nola  9 P Dan Straily R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 1:15 p.m.
  • TV: NBC 10
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

  • The Phillies have four hits or fewer in six of their last 10 games. 18 teams don't have six such games all season.
  • Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera return to the lineup after sitting during Tuesday's 7-1 loss. They are hitting .205 and .181, respectively, with 44 strikeouts between them in the month of May. 
  • If the Phillies lose this afternoon, they will finish with their worst record in May in 90 years when they went 3-22 in 1928.
  • Aaron Nola is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts at Marlins Park.

What's Next:

  • Thursday, June 2nd, 2017: vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.
    • Citizens Bank Park
    • RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.74 ERA) vs. LHP Ty Blach (3-2, 3.83 ERA)
    • TV: NBC 10
    • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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