Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know

Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know
September 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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1. When and where

The Phillies (72-85) and Marlins (58-100) meet for the final time this season at 7:10 p.m. on CSN. It ends the Phils' second-to-last series of the season; they travel to Atlanta after the game for a four-game set to close the year.

2. Rare road series win?

The Phillies are 7-20 on the road since the All-Star break. They haven't won a series away from Citizens Bank Park since July 2-4 in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, they finally have a chance to end that horrific drought.

The Phils are 12-6 this year against the lowly Marlins.

3. Hamels' last start

Cole Hamels (8-14, 3.62) makes his 33rd and final start of the season against Miami. He's dominated the Marlins in four starts this year but has just one win to show for it. In 27 innings, he's allowed just 22 baserunners, struck out 32 and held the Fish to a .189 batting average.

Hamels has been remarkably durable since 2008, making 192 starts. Only 12 other pitchers in baseball have made that many starts over the same span, and only two have a better ERA than Hamels' 3.30 -- Felix Hernandez at 2.93 and Matt Cain at 3.22.

Hamels' ERA will be his highest since 2009, but his numbers have normalized since a rough April and May. He has a 2.96 ERA and 130 strikeouts to 23 walks since June 1.

He's opposed by 23-year-old Marlins lefty Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14), whose only win this season came in relief against the Phils last Wednesday. It is Hand's 15th career start.

4. Slow September

Domonic Brown has hit .242 this month with no homers and one RBI. He has walked seven times, which is impressive, but his power drought may prevent him from reaching 30 home runs or 90 RBIs, two numbers that appeared to be virtual certainties in mid-August.

As a team, the Phillies haven't been going deep much at all this month. They have a major-league low 12 home runs, although they do rank in the top-10 in baseball in OBP, at .332.

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, RF
7) Kevin Frandsen, 1B
8) Freddy Galvis, 3B
9) Cole Hamels, P

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