Philles-Marlins: 5 things you need to know

Philles-Marlins: 5 things you need to know
September 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Jimmy Rollins has hit .313 with a .413 on-base percentage in the month of September. (USA Today Images)

1. When and where
The Phillies' final road trip of 2013 continues Tuesday night in Miami (7:10, CSN), where they try to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Phillies (71-85) are in a third-place tie with the Mets, while the Marlins (58-99) are one loss away from their second-ever 100-loss season.

Miami went 54-108 in 1998, a year after winning its first World Series.

2. Halladay done
Roy Halladay recorded his 10th-straight multi-walk game but just one out in Monday's loss. His season is over. He'll finish a stressful year filled with injury, illness and ineffectiveness 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA. In 62 innings he walked 36 batters and hit 10 more. He also allowed 12 home runs.

To put that into perspective, consider that in 2010, Halladay had just 35 walks, four hit batsmen and 10 homers in 233 2/3 innings.

Only one other pitcher in major-league history has had an ERA as high as Halladay's with that many hit batsmen in so few innings -- Orel Hershiser in 2000, his final season.

3. More work for Miner
At 31, Zach Miner likely doesn't figure into the Phillies' future pitching plans, but they're getting their money's worth this season. Miner has a 3.22 ERA in 14 appearances and on Tuesday will make his second spot start in place of Kyle Kendrick.

Starting last Wednesday against Miami, Miner allowed two hits and two walks in three scoreless innings. He made 61 pitches. With a full six days in between outings, he can likely exceed that threshold tonight.

He hasn't won a game since 2009 with the Tigers.

Miner is opposed by 23-year-old Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who has never faced the Phillies. Alvarez is a ground-baller the Marlins acquired in November 2012 in the Jose Reyes-Mark Buehrle-Josh Johnson mega-deal.

4. Remarkable on-base stat
Jimmy Rollins leads the Phillies in times on base, and Carlos Ruiz has a .373 on-base percentage the last month.

Those two have combined to reach base 311 times in 845 plate appearances. Not bad.

But Reds first baseman Joey Votto, after walking five times last night, has reached base 310 times by himself, in 707 plate appearances.

5. Coming up next ...
Cole Hamels finishes the series, and his season, tomorrow night against the Marlins. After that the Phils head to Atlanta for a four-gamer to end 2013. Tyler Cloyd pitches the opener and Cliff Lee goes in Game 2.

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