With Hurricane Irene coming up the East Coast, this weekend’s series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins will be only two days with Saturday being a doubleheader. Depending on the track of the storm, there’s no guarantee that Saturday’s games will get in either. The 58-72 Florida Marlins are coming off losing two out of three from Cincinnati Reds at home. They split a doubleheader on Tuesday and actually play another doubleheader on Monday. Three doubleheaders in a week sure won’t screw up a pitching rotation. The most dangerous hitter on the Marlins is Mike Stanton. Stanton has 30 home runs, most of the moon-shot variety, a team high 77 RBIs, and a OPS just under .900. The Marlins have three veteran pitchers, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco, and Javier Vazquez, who the Phillies have seen a lot. Marlins ace Josh Johnson has been on the DL since May 16th. Nolasco leads the team in wins with nine and Sanchez leads the team with 174 strikeouts. The Phillies are coming off winning two out of three from the New York Mets, a series in which they outscored the Mets 23-11. The Phillies have seen their division lead in the NL East shrink to six games as the Braves took three of four from the lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs.
Game 1- Clay Hensley (1-5, 5.47 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51 ERA) Hensley, who’s had a successful career as a reliever, has made seven starts for the Marlins this year. In those seven starts, Hensley is 1-2 with an ERA of 6.30. In his last start against the San Diego Padres, he gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. An interesting note about his starts is that he has yet to thrown over 100 pitches. In almost 33 relief innings, Clay Hensley has a 2.94 ERA lifetime against the Phillies. Chase Utley is 4 for 9 and Ryan Howard is 4 for 14 against Clay in their respective careers. Roy Oswalt had his best start since coming off the DL last Saturday against the Nationals. He went eight shut out innings, struck out nine, and hit 94 on the gun several times. Oswalt is 6-4 with 3.92 ERA in his career against the Florida Marlins. In his one start this year against the Fish, he went six innings and allowed a run. Mike Cameron has had the most success against Roy, going 9 for 30 lifetime. Logan Morrison only has seven at bats against Oswalt, but has three hits including a home run.
Game 2- Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56 ERA). Sanchez was okay in his last start, giving up three runs in five innings against the Padres. It was the first time his ERA jumped over 4 since early May. In the last two months, Sanchez has posted an ERA of 5.34. Anibal, in his career, hasn’t been very good against the Phillies, going 3-7 with a 5.67 ERA. In three starts against the Phillies this season, he has three no-decisions, but his ERA is 4.65. Chase Utley and Placido Polanco own Sanchez, Utley is hitting .484 against him and Polanco is hitting at .464 clip. Halladay’s last start on Sunday was cut short after five innings because of rain. Doc is 4-3 with a 2.67 ERA against the Fish. In fifteen innings against the Marlins this season, he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, along with seventeen strikeouts and just two walks. Jose Lopez is 8 for 24 and Gaby Sanchez is 6 for 21 with two home runs against Halladay lifetime.
Game 3- TBA vs. Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71 ERA) Lee threw seven shut out innings against the Mets in his last start. He has given up two runs in 41 innings in August which will likely wrap up Lee’s second NL pitcher of month award of the season. The Phillies have won six of his last seven starts. Lee is 2-0 in his career with a 2.77 ERA against Florida. Cliff has two starts on the year against the Fish. He gave up three runs in six innings in May and then threw a two hit shut out in June. John Buck owns Lee with three home runs and a .325 batting against him lifetime. Jose Lopez has a respectable .290 career average against Lee while Omar Infante is hitting .276 against him as well.