Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know

Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know
September 23, 2013, 4:15 pm
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1. When and where
The Phillies' season-ending road trip begins Monday night in Miami. The Phils have three night games at Marlins Park -- all at 7:10 p.m. on CSN -- before heading to Atlanta for a four-game series finale.

2. More Fish for Doc
Roy Halladay (4-4, 6.71) makes his second straight start against the Marlins and fourth of the year. When he faced them last Tuesday he allowed one run on four hits over six innings to get his ERA under 7.00 for the first time since April 30.

Halladay struggled again with command against Miami, walking three batters and needing 99 pitches to complete six innings. It was his ninth-straight multi-walk game, the longest streak of his career by two. In 2010 and 2011, his longest string of multi-walk games was two.

Equally concering is Halladay's inability to keep the ball on the ground. His career groundball rate is 54.1 percent, but last year it was under 45 percent and this year it's 40.9 percent, easily the lowest mark of his career.

Doc has two more starts to try to get back on track before figuring out where he'll pitch in 2014.

He's opposed Monday by Marlins right-hander Nate Eovaldi (3-6, 3.79).

3. Peaks and valleys
The Phillies went 8-3 from Sept. 6-17, but have lost four in a row since to drop to 9-10 in September. Their division record is now 35-34.

The Phils finished the home portion of their schedule 43-38. At 71-84 on the season, they're in a fourth-place tie with the Mets.

4. Finishing strong
Jimmy Rollins has done a whole lot of nothing in 2013, but he is at least ending on a high note. He's hit .317/.423/.450 in September with six extra-base hits, 11 walks and 13 runs.

He's quietly been much more patient at the plate this season. He's walked in a career-high 9.3 percent of his plate appearances.

Still, Rollins' power outage has been alarming. He has just six home runs in 637 plate appearances. That's a homer every 106.2 plate appearances. Entering the year, he had homered once every 42.7 plate appearances.

5. Tonight's lineup
1) Cesar Hernandez, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Darin Ruf, 1B
7) Cody Asche, 3B
8) Roger Bernadina, RF
9) Roy Halladay, P