The Marlins (that’s right, with all the vowels back in place) started off their series with the Phillies with a win. Very important because those three games they lost to the Nationals damaged their chances in the standings, but with every win against Philly the Marlins gain a game. Now at 56-53, the Marlins are at 6 games in back of the Phillies.
Don’t get delusional just yet – the Marlins have a chance to leave Philly being only 4 games back, sure, but they still have to eek out two more wins against the World Champs at their home field. The Phillies, however, don’t have a strong record at home but prefer to play on the road. At home the Phillies are 29-27 while on the road they are 32-19. Marlins have a better shot of beating the Phillies on the road, strange as it sounds.
Sean West Recalled
Sean West was recalled by the Marlins to start on Saturday. Who was moved? Luis Ayala was optioned to AAA NOLA and appeared in 9 games pitching 7.1 innings. He gave up 7 runs on 8 hits over that span, but with Matt Lindstrom back it seems the Marlins needed to focus on getting some starters in here (remember that Burke Badenhop is still on the DL).