The Miami Marlins will finish with their most successful season in four years, but that likely won’t stop them from wondering just how far they could’ve gone had their two biggest stars not fallen victim to season-ending injuries.
Sometimes a player does particularly well against a certain team, or teams. That point was proved once again on Tuesday night in Miami.
Cole Hamels and Henderson Alvarez have gone toe-to-toe twice this year, including a back-and-forth pitchers’ duel earlier this month.
Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.
Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s All-Star starter.
Entering Thursday night, the Philadelphia Phillies were 1-40 when trailing after eight innings. Make that 2-40 now.
If the Miami Marlins’ struggles continue, they could join the Philadelphia Phillies as sellers at the trade deadline at the end of July.
The bullpen gave the Phillies’ offense plenty of chances, and Chase Utley finally came through. Utley hit a two-run home run in the 14th inning, lifting Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
After a horrendous start to the season in other teams’ ballparks, the Miami Marlins are finding ways to win on the road. They’ll try to continue that trend Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies at a park that has been especially unwelcoming to the Marlins in recent seasons.
Although their recent offensive surge came to a halt in losing their last two games, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to have a good chance to get back on track against an NL East rival they’ve dominated at home.