Marlins/Phillies Preview

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Florida Marlins (56-53) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-46)
Sean West (3-4, 4.91 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (7-6, 4.68 ERA)

After dropping the first game of the series, the Phillies can't let the Marlins gain any more ground. Right now, the Phillies have a six game lead over the second place Marlins, but don't want that lead to shorten.

The Phillies offense has been quiet for the past couple weeks. The bats are due to explode, and they have a good chance against Sean West, who has allowed five earned runs in his last three starts. West has bounced up and down from the Majors and Double-A.

Do we really know what we're going to get out of Cole Hamels these days? Hamels has been very inconsistent. One day he'll return to his old World Series MVP form, the next day he'll struggle.


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