Marlins (1-3) vs. Phillies (1-2) 1:05 p.m. on CSN
Cole Hamels, hoping to stop the teams two-game losing streak, takes the hill in the Phillies home opener. The free-agent-to-be was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and a microscopic 0.99 WHIP in 2011. Hamels finished sixth in the NL in ERA, second in WHIP, second in hits-per-nine innings, fourth in walks-per-nine and fifth in complete games. Hamels makes 15 million in his final arbitration year.
The Marlins send out righthander Anibal Sanchez, the third consecutive starter the Phillies face who lost nine games last season. Sanchez in 2011 was 8-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 196 innings. Since 2009, Sanchez is 3-4 in 11 starts vs. the Phils with a 3.88 ERA. Hes 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in six starts at Citizens Bank Park. Sanchez pitched a no-hitter in Sept. 2006 to end the longest no-hitter drought in major-league history (6,364 games).
The Phillies lost their third consecutive series at PNC Park when Andrew McCutchen hit a walkoff RBI single off David Herndon Sunday. The Phils batted .204.264.255 against the Pirates with three extra-base hits in three games.
The bullpen blew a save, allowing seven baserunners over 2 23 innings. Michael Stutes allowed two runs and Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo combined for one.
The Marlins served up a walkoff of their own Sunday, losing to the Reds, 6-5, in a game they led in the ninth inning. Heath Bell allowed four hits and two runs in a third of an inning. The Fish are 1-3, having been stifled offensively in their first two games (home vs. St Louis, at Cincinnati).
After years of struggles with the Marlins, the Phillies are 25-11 against Miami since 2010.
Hamels is 6-7 with a 3.44 ERA lifetime vs. the Marlins. His peripherals are familiarly impressive -- .226 opponents batting average, better than a strikeout per inning, four times as many strikeouts as walks.
The Phillies have great career numbers vs. Sanchez, but much of the run production came from Chase Utley (.441 batting average in 34 at-bats) and Ryan Howard (two homers, two doubles, 11 walks to nine strikeouts).
Placido Polanco is 9 for 18 off Sanchez with two home runs. Jimmy Rollins is 10 for 30 (.333).
Hunter Pence, who has seven of the Phillies 16 total bases. Pence had an RBI double and a solo home run to put the first two runs of the game on the board Sunday.
For the Marlins, Emilio Bonifacio is 5 for 15 with three steals. Omar Infante is 4 for 14 with a season cycle: a single, double, triple and home run.
Freddy Galvis is 0 for 10. Ty Wigginton is 1 for 8. Rollins is 2 for 12. Kyle Kendrick has recorded four outs, but three were on line drives.
In the other clubhouse, Gaby Sanchez is 1 for 12 after an awful spring. Hanley Ramirez is 2 for 15.
Can the Phillies avoid a 1-3 start?
How will Hamels pitch in the first start of his all-important contract year?
Will the Phillies hit Sanchez without Utley and Howard?
Does Juan Pierre start again in left field?
Will the bunting with a man on second and no outs stop?
What is your biggest concern three games into the season?