Phillies-Marlins Preview

Cole Hamels has pitched well in his last four starts against the

Miami Marlins but hasn’t been rewarded for his efforts in two

matchups this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander will try again to earn a

win over the Marlins for his short-handed club and avoid a career

high-tying fourth consecutive defeat Monday night in Miami.

Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA) is 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his last four

matchups with the Marlins but is 0-1 in his two this season despite

posting a 1.93 ERA. He gave up two solo homers and two other hits

over eight innings in a 2-0 home defeat May 4, and allowed one run

over six innings in a game the Phillies would go on to lose 2-1 in

Miami on April 13.

Hamels has one of the lowest run support averages in the NL at

3.02 but didn’t help himself Wednesday by giving up five runs to

Cleveland in five innings of a 10-4 loss.

“You have to go out there and execute pitches,” Hamels said. “I

wasn’t able to do that early on.”

Hamels added that he’s trying to work on his delivery and that

has led to a career-worst 1.96 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. The only

time he lost four straight starts was from June 11-28, 2006, his

rookie season.

“I think he’s going to get it figured out,” manager Charlie

Manuel said. “He’s having a hard time putting the ball where he

wanted it to go. That’s what I saw. He thought he had some close

pitches. He didn’t get them. He was having trouble locating the

ball with his pitches.”

Hamels needed 106 pitches to get through his five innings and

will try to be more efficient against the Marlins, who are batting

.197 during a 2-10 stretch. Miami (12-32) has totaled 19 runs in

those games but got enough to snap a seven-game skid Sunday with a

2-1 victory over Arizona.

Marcell Ozuna doubled in both runs in the sixth inning.

“We got beat around a little bit, but we were able to pitch some

really nice games the last couple of days,” said manager Mike

Redmond, whose team lost 1-0 on Saturday.

The Phillies (21-23), meanwhile, earned their fifth win in

seventh games in dramatic fashion Sunday, 3-2 over Cincinnati. Down

a run in the ninth inning, Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis ended the

game with back-to-back homers.

The Phillies will next try to move one game within .500 for the

first time since they were 6-7 on April 15. Philadelphia took two

of three in Miami from April 12-14 but had to settle for a

four-game split at home against the Marlins from May 2-5.

The Phillies, though, won’t have catcher Carlos Ruiz and first

baseman Ryan Howard in Monday’s opener. Ruiz had to leave Sunday’s

game with a strained right hamstring and Howard won’t play in Miami

due to right knee soreness.

Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00) took the loss in the series opener in

Philadelphia after giving up four runs – two earned – over five

innings in a 7-2 defeat. That loss was the third of his career-high

five in a row.

Sanabia has a 5.46 ERA during his losing streak and has been

given just seven runs of support. He allowed four runs over six

innings in a 4-0 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday.