The Marlins were sailing along in the first two months of the season like they might be contenders for something in the NL East. On May 25, 2011 the Marlins were 9 games over .500 and in second place in the NL East. You wouldn’t have known that last night in Philly, as the Phillies finally broke out with 11 hits and 9 runs in a convincing 9-1 victory.
The Marlins fall from where they were in the end of May has been astounding. On the 25th of May, the team was only 1.0 games out of first place in the NL East with a 28-19 record, after the Phillies had went 5-5 in their last 10 games back near the end of May. Last night’s loss for the Marlins means that they have only won just 1 game in the month of June so far. Their record for June is 1-12. It’s more than a losing streak, it’s more like a total collapse by the Marlins.
The Marlins are now 32-34 and sinking steadily in the NL East standings, they are now in a distant 4th place and 8.5 games back. You can read a little about the decline of the Marlins at the Marlins Diehards blog here.
Offensive highlights from last night for the Phillies:
Jimmy Rollins: 2-5 with 2 RBI
Shane Victorino: 3-5 with 2 R scored
Chase Utley: 2-3 with 2 RBI
Domonic Brown: 2-4 with 2 HR
Today brings a day/night set of games, it’s really not a traditional doubleheader as in the past, that meant that you were seeing two games played consecutively with just short break in between. It’s was always a fan favorite because you could buy one ticket and see two games. Today’s version must not be a favorite with players or fans, the first game starts at 1:05 PM and the night game doesn’t start up until the regular time of 7:05 PM. It’s just two games being played on the same day not anything to do with a doubleheader.
Phillies pitchers for today and tonight:
Kyle Kendrick @ 1:05 PM
Roy Halladay @ 7:05 PM