Thursday, May 31, 2012

Phillies off day: NL East all bunched up and Phils win again

Miami Marlins: Logos 2.0
                                           
  The Miami Marlins are in Philadelphia for a weekend series starting Friday night
    photo: PMell2293 / flickr

The Phillies are still in last place, despite winning 2 of 3 from the Mets and 3-4 from the Cardinals in the last two series. It sounds worse than it is though, as the Phillies are only 3 GB from first place, despite being only 2 game above .500

The NL East is log jammed, with 5 teams and nearly two solid months of play, all the teams in the division are basically within reach of first place very easily. The Washington Nationals, who have lost 3 straight games, are still in first but the fast moving Miami Marlins are only a 1/2 game away from them. The team that the Phillies just took 2 of 3 from, the New York Mets, are only 1 1/2 games back.

Last night's game was a classic battle, the ending score really wasn't reflective of the whole game, as it was closer during most of the game. Cliff Lee again was turned away from his first win, but he didn't lose either on the night, as the Phils rallied again to break open a 3-3 game in the 8th inning by scoring a run, and then scoring 6 in the 9th to put the Mets away by a final score of 10-6.

Thursday is a much needed rest for this team, the last day off they had was May 10th. The Miami Marlins come to Philadelphia for a weekend series, then the LA Dodgers camp out for a 4 game series in Philly from Monday to Thursday next week. The Dodgers are 32-18 and are playing better than they have in years.

First it's Miami though, the Marlins are hot and bring a 3 game win streak into Philly for Friday night's game. The Phillies starters for the weekend series will be:

  Friday:  Kyle Kendrick vs. Mark Buehrle
  Saturday: Cole Hamels vs. Ricky Nolasco
  Sunday: Joe Blanton vs. Carl Zambrano


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