Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know

Phillies-Marlins: 5 things you need to know
September 16, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Phillies haven't faced Giancarlo Stanton yet this season. (USA Today Images)

1. When and where

The Phillies’ final homestand of the 2013 season begins Monday night when they welcome the Miami Marlins to Citizens Bank Park.

At 69-80, the Phils are two losses away from their first losing season since 2002. They’d need to win 13 straight to finish the season with a winning record, or go 12-1 to finish at .500.

2. It’s been a while

Remember April, when all the Phillies did was face the Marlins? If only the schedule remained that way over the summer.

The Phils and Marlins haven’t met since June 5, when a Phillies win improved them to 30-30. It was so long ago that Ryan Howard was still in the lineup and Ben Revere was still hitting below .250.

The Phillies are 9-4 against the Marlins this season, easily their best record against any team.

3. Mr. 200

The first out Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97) records tonight will put him at 200 innings for the sixth straight season. No National League pitcher has a longer active streak.

Lee’s had a few rough patches this year, but has mostly pitched like the ace he is. He has a 2.25 ERA over his last six starts, has allowed 41 baserunners in 44 innings and has 42 strikeouts to six walks. His ERA has been between 1.69 and 3.23 in each month except July.

Lee toyed with the Marlins when he saw them earlier this season, pitching a three-hit shutout at Marlins Park.

He’s opposed Monday night by 25-year-old Sam Dyson, who makes his first career start.

4. Home cookin’

The Phillies are a respectable 41-34 at home this season, and have won 12 of their last 17 at Citizens Bank Park.

Their team batting average at home (.247) and on the road (.249) is similar, but their OBP at home is 10 points higher and they’ve slugged .407 compared to .371 on the road.

5. Stanton watch

Ruben Amaro Jr. has a well-documented man crush on Giancarlo Stanton. On Monday, the Phils will see the 23-year-old slugger for the first time. Stanton missed all 13 games in the first half with a hamstring injury. The Phillies haven’t pitched to him in 351 days.

Stanton’s been hot over his last 25 games, hitting .295/.415/.636 with eight homers and 15 RBIs.

Phillies fans ... you can spend the early part of the week imagining what Stanton would look like in red pinstripes.

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) Cliff Lee, P

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