The Miami Marlins (39-43) are four games below .500 for just the second time this season and 5 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.
After an off day that snapped a stretch of 17 consecutive games in which they went 5-12, the Marlins host the Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) in their last home series before the All-Star break. Following the series, the Marlins head out on a nine-game road trip.
The Marlins have dropped seven of their last 10, while Philadelphia is a half game behind the New York Mets in the NL East cellar having lost eight of 10.
Last week in Philadelphia, these clubs split a four-game series.
Tuesday’s opener will feature a rematch between righties A.J. Burnett and Henderson Alvarez. Burnett allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings for the loss. A misjudged ball by Domonic Brown in left permitted the decisive three-run fourth. Alvarez, meanwhile, has lowered his ERA to 2.32 (fourth best in the NL), giving up just six earned runs over his past seven starts.
Righty Tom Koehler and lefty Cole Hamels will face off again. Koehler was solid in his previous start, allowing two runs in six frames but Miami lost in 14 innings. He aims for his third straight quality start after a run of three consecutive mediocre ones. Lefty Cole Hamels held the Marlins to three runs on six hits. He has tossed seven or more innings in 10 consecutive starts.
The Marlins have yet to announce who will take over rookie Anthony DeSclafani’s spot in the rotation after he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Candidates include Jacob Turner, who was relegated to the bullpen, as well as southpaw Brad Hand. He has been rehabbing a right ankle sprain in the minors and tossed seven shutout innings in his last start. Righty Kyle Kendrick will pitch the finale for the Phillies. He bounced back from three first-inning runs against the Braves to go seven more frames of one-run ball.
Here’s a look at the upcoming Phillies-Marlins series …
CF Ben Revere (Phillies): Revere has multi-hit games in four of the past five, including three hits in three of them. During that span, he is 12 for 24 (.500) with two runs and three stolen bases. Revere went 4 for 12 with three runs against the Marlins last week.
RF Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): Stanton is batting .436 over his past 10 games, bumping his average to .313 for best on the club and fifth in the NL. Don’t blame him for just three RBI during that stretch since batters ahead of him have struggled to get on base. He has scored six runs, walked six times and struck out on 10 occasions.
OF John Mayberry Jr. (Phillies): Over his past 10 games, Mayberry Jr. is 4 for 26 (.154) with three runs, an RBI, two walks and 10 strikeouts. After a two-hit game on June 20, he has gone hitless in seven of nine with no runs driven in.
2B Derek Dietrich (Marlins): After hits in three of his first nine at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, Dietrich is just 1 for 15. He has reached base four other times via two walks and two hit by pitches. He and Christian Yelich need to find ways to get on for Stanton and Casey McGehee.
.239: Average for Jimmy Rollins against righties this season
4: Players (Ryan Howard, Ben Revere, Chase Utley and Domonic Brown) with .500 or higher averages against righty Tom Koehler
266: Innings played in 27 games in June for the Marlins. They went 1-5 in extra-inning affairs.
.364: Average for Jarrod Saltalamacchia against lefty Cole Hamels
"When we sit down and break down this month we’ve been in so many of these games and could’ve gone on the other end of so many of these games. We knew going into that stretch — 17 games just finished up — that was going to be a test for us. Playing the extra-inning games and especially in Philly and then again Saturday definitely beat us up. These guys are professionals. They understand what we need to do." — Manager Mike Redmond on the club’s struggles in June
"We don’t need to show that we can hang around. Playing for 14 innings is still losing. It’s not, ‘Hey, we were there. We showed up.’ We don’t need to prove that we can hang with these guys. We need to do a little something extra to come out on top." — Slugger Giancarlo Stanton on tough losses to baseball’s top team, the Oakland A’s
"This is a learning experience. I’d like to say I’m having good outings to learn from. I feel like every time out I’ve gotten better. Hopefully have one where taking a lot more positives and celebrating a win." — Left-hander Andrew Heaney on his first three big-league outings (all losses)
PROMOTIONS & GIVEAWAYS
July 1 — Marlins Social Media Night; Half Price Tuesday, Kidney Health Awareness Night
July 2 — Chevron Crazy 8’s; Kids Eat Free Wednesday Night; Nickelodeon Night
July 3 — Fireworks Spectacular; Marlins Cap Thursday Group Offer; Seniors Free Ticket Thursday