Round 2: Philet the Phish

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The Philadelphia Phillies (49-38) are at the Florida Marlins (46-45).

Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87 ERA) starts vs. Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76 ERA).

After a steady increase in workload over the past few years, Cole Hamels was given an extra day to rest his arm. In his first start of the second half, Hamels hopes to build consistency. Hamels got the no-decision in his last outing despite allowing three home runs. Hamels is 2-4 with a 4.15 ERA in eight career starts against the Marlins. He hasn't beaten the Marlins since September 2006, but playing in a pitcher-oriented yard should help Hamels get back on track.

Ricky Nolasco struggled at the beginning of the season, so the Marlins optioned him to Triple-A to work things out. Despite a shaky start in his last outing, he must have solved his problems; he is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA since returning to the Major Leagues. Nolasco is 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA against the Phillies in his career.

A win will not only increase the Phillies winning streak, but increase their lead in the division over the second-place Marlins.


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