Tuesday night saw the Phillies (5-9) offense break out for seven runs in a series opening win, complete with Ryan Howard's first home run of the season that put the Phillies in front for good.
The series continues on Wednesday night as the Phillies go for their second series win of the season against the last-place Miami Marlins (3-11). First pitch of the middle game of the series is at 7:05 p.m.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Miami Marlins (3-11)
Philadelphia Phillies (5-9)
(0-1, 4.76 ERA)
(0-2, 5.00 ERA)
Cole Hamels last start was another struggled, as he allowed five runs in six innings, including two more home runs, on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in a loss to the Nationals. In 34 career starts against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.17 ERA.
Former Phillies prospect Jarred Cosart makes his first career start against the team that drafted him on Wednesday night. Cosart allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets in his last start last Thursday.
The Phillies lineup is always an interesting animal. The player leading in batting average so far this season is Cody Asche at .341. He bats fifth. Second is Freddy Galvis at .319. He bats eighth. And then you look at the 2-3-4 hitters for the Phillies, who are hitting .178, .109 and .200 respectively. Ben Revere, the two-hole hitter, did come through with a two-run triple on Tuesday and Ryan Howard contributed his first home run of the season from the six spot in the order, so some of this is working. It still doesn't take away from the fact that Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz have combined for 12 hits in 14 games this season.
The Marlins are using the same lineup as Tuesday night with one minor change. Catcher J.T. Realmuto moves up to sixth in the order and Ichiro Suzuki drops to the seventh spot in the order. Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Morse and Marcell Ozuna all have Hamels in their book for home runs at least twice in their careers, and it's no secret that the Phillies ace has struggled with the longball this season.
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy/showers, 30% PoPLocation: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PATV: CSNRadio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP, SBP 1480 (Spanish)
Kevin Durso is a contributing writer and editorial assistant for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.