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 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Edubray Ramos (61) throws a pitch to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Can the bullpen keep from unraveling

Fans saw improvement from the Phillies bullpen, which really isn’t saying all that much.

Phillies relievers are 8-12 with a 4.23 ERA this season while allowing 29 home runs to opposing hitters, the third-most in baseball. They’ve taken the second-most losses for a bullpen, showing their inability to stay in games late or have the starters push through innings.

Pat Neshek has been the star of the season for Philly, while Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris have had their moments. The young corp of Edubray Ramos, Joely Rodriguez, Luis Garcia (bleh), Mark Leiter Jr., and the occasional Adam Morgan sighting have been nothing more than exhausting. Recently the group has been composed, a large reason why the Phillies were in close games against the Reds.

Hopefully, in Miami, the ‘pen will adapt well to the warm weather and, if needed, pitch an extended game once again.

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