The Team: Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins currently sit at 10-8 and are a game ahead of the Phillies for second place. With the Phillies beginning to show signs of life in all facets of the game, they are hoping to give the Marlins some trouble the next three days. However, Miami has a ton of young talent throughout their roster ready to take a stand in the NL East.
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The offense presents matchup problems from top to bottom from both the left and right sides of the plate. With speed at the top in Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich and power in the middle with Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins are very balanced. They have even received consistent contributions from J.T. Realmuto.
On the pitching side of things, there is that same breath of fresh youth, but a balance of veteran presence as well. The Phillies will miss Dan Straily and Tom Koehler, but will match up with Wei-Yin Chen, Edinson Volquez, and Adam Conley.
The Marlins are a tough matchup as the Phils are coming off an impressive start to the homestand. However, with a very difficult road trip right around the corner, the Phillies have to remain steady in all phases of the game. Another series win would do wonders, but there are a couple of Marlins looking to make that success incredibly difficult.