The Marlins were unable to get a win last night as the Phillies showed they are more than just a pitching rotation in coming back on the Marlins 3-0 lead to take the first game in the series. This means the Marlins will not be able to make up the 2 game lead the Phillies had, but a strong finish in this series by taking these next two games will help.
There is more pub for the Fish, too, as even ESPN is touting this game as a matchup of marquee starters. Josh Johnson will square off against Roy Halladay in a duel that could likely be a post-season matchup as well. In Johnson, the Marlins have their best ace on the mound sporting his 1.68 ERA. Yet there is a lot of admiration between the two pitchers.
Johnson reportedly followed Halladay around last season at the All Star game trying to learn as much about his approach as he can. This is one of the comforting things about JJ – he has a humility to him that never means he is above learning something new.
Even though this is an NL East deathmatch, and a rivalry to boot, the respect between these two pitchers is admirable. The defending NL Cy Young Award winner will do his best to top his 5-1 record on the season and keep the Marlins bats quiet. Meanwhile, the Marlins will stand behind their ace to get a chance to get back in this series.
First pitch is at 7:10pm tonight. The Marlins have lost 7 straight games to the Phillies here in Miami, and Halladay has an 18-1 record against NL East teams since making the switch from the AL.