Phillies-Marlins: Five things to look for in South Beach

Sep 26, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; A overall view of Marlins Park before the game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; A overall view of Marlins Park before the game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 25, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) in action against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) in action against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Phillies baseball returns to Miami with an old friend back in the lineup

Howie Kendrick is back as the number two hitter for the Phillies after suffering an oblique strain early in the season. With the left fielder back in action the Phillies will bench center fielder Odubel Herrera, whose batting average has dipped down to .217 this year.

Jeremy Hellickson also takes the mound on the seventh anniversary of Roy Halladay’s perfect game against the Marlins. While a perfect game might be slightly too much to ask for from Hellickson, the Phillies are hoping for a quality outing from their starter.

If you thought the Phillies franchise was in a rough place, let’s take a look at the Marlins today.

Miami, a franchise on the verge of being sold to Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter, hosts the second-smallest attendance in the National League with just over 490,000 people entering the gates this year.

With 18 wins the Marlins are fourth in the National League East, slightly ahead of the lowly Phillies. But Miami has struggled to balance an average offense with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Osuna, and Christian Yellich with horrendous pitching.

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