Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phillies vs. Marlins

The Phillies need to get focused for the second half, and quickly. They have a great opportunity to distance themselves from the second place Florida Marlins and the rest of the division this weekend as they open up a four game set at Landshark Stadium. Hmm, that makes me want to have a few Landsharks during the game.

The pitching match ups are in! Jamie Moyer is still set to start the opener against Chris Volstad, who's fresh off a complete game shutout victory. Cole Hamels squares off with Ricky Nolasco on Friday; both pitchers will be looking to rebound from bad starts. Big right handers Joe Blanton and Josh Johnson oppose each other on Saturday in what could be a pitchers' duel. Blanton beat the Marlins the only time he's faced them this season, pitching seven shutout innings; striking out a season high eleven batters. J.A. Happ takes the mound in the finale against Andrew Miller, who had a terrible outing in his last start in Arizona.

Note: Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco could switch places in the series because Johnson did not pitch in the all-star game.

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