The Florida Marlins will conclude the first half of the season with four home games against the Houston Astros. The Marlins are nine and a half games better than Houston, but both teams enter the series in last place in each’s respective division. Florida enters 39-48 after dropping two of three against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Fish are the only team in the National League East that is currently below .500 while the Astros are owners of the worst record in baseball at 30-58. The teams will meet for four games beginning on Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Florida leads 2-1. The Marlins came from behind to take the first two games of the series when the teams met in Houston back in early April. J.A. Happ outdueled Anibal Sanchez to take the final game of that series and avoid the sweep.
Wednesday’s Win a Big One?
The Marlins came from four runs down to top the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. The game was decided in the 10th inning on a walk-off home run by Marlins’ right fielder Mike Stanton. The victory was just Florida’s third walk-off win this season. The win allowed the Fish to escape being swept by first place Philadelphia. After a 5-23 June, the Marlins are 3-3 in July after battling a pair of first place teams. The 7-6 victory also snapped a seven-game-losing-streak against the Phillies and will hopefully instill some confidence back into the young Marlins.
Marlins Struggling in Four Game Series
This four-game-set with Houston will be the fifth for the Fish. In their previous four, four-game-series, the Marlins were swept twice. They dropped three of four in Arizona and managed a split in St. Louis against the Cardinals. In those 16 games, Florida is just 3-13. The Marlins were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in their only four-game-series played at home.
Thursday – J.A. Happ (HOU) 3-10, 5.63 ERA vs. Brad Hand (FLA) 0-3, 3.79 ERA
Friday – Jordan Lyles (HOU) 0-3, 4.17 ERA vs. Javier Vazquez (FLA) 4-8, 5.64 ERA
Saturday – Brett Myers (HOU) 3-8, 4.67 ERA vs. Ricky Nolasco (FLA) 5-5, 3.91 ERA
Sunday – Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) 6-5, 3.25 ERA vs. Chris Volstad (FLA) 4-8, 5.46 ERA