Phillies 2020 opponent outlook: Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins will face the Phillies on opening day in 2020
The Phillies schedule will be condensed in 2020 due to COVID-19, which means they’ll face the Miami Marlins only 10 times this year.
Miami finished last season with the third-worst record in baseball by winning only 57 games. After winning 79 games in Don Mattingly’s first season with the team in 2016 the team has taken a step back in the win column every year. That will technically hold true this year with only 60 games on the schedule, but even a 40 win season could mean the playoffs for someone this year.
Miami isn’t expected to be a powerhouse, but in 60 games anyone could emerge with health and luck on their side.
Here’s an in-depth look at what the Phillies will see when they face the Marlins
Phillies vs Marlins 2020 schedule
- July 24, 7:05 p.m. (PHI)
- July 25, 4:05 p.m. (PHI)
- July 26, 1:05 p.m. (PHI)
- August 4, 7:10 p.m. (MIA)
- August 5, 7:10 p.m. (MIA)
- August 6, 7:10 p.m. (MIA)
- September 10, 6:40 p.m. (MIA)
- September 11, 7:10 p.m. (MIA)
- September 12, 6:10 p.m. (MIA)
- September 13, 1:10 p.m. (MIA)
The Marlins added a lot of former Phillies this offseason
The Marlins are still rebuilding and mainly focused on adding veterans to fill holes and lead a young clubhouse.
Their biggest offseason signing was former Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson, who signed a two-year contract worth $17.5 million. Miami also signed former Phillies Sean Rodriguez, Nick Vincent, and Pat Venditte to minor league deals going into spring training.
Most of the Marlins signings were guys above 32 years old, which included Francisco Cervelli, Brandon Kintzler, and Matt Joyce.
Miami’s biggest addition may have been Jesus Aguilar, who was waived by Tampa Bay just one year removed from hitting 35 home runs for Milwaukee. The power-hitting first baseman will look to prove he was more than just a flash in the pan that earned him an All-Star selection and MVP consideration.
The Marlins also acquired former Phillies prospect Jonathan Villar, who has 20 home run-40 stolen base capabilities.