Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Revere absent from lineup again; Phillies open series with Miami

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
May 20 2014, 4:30pm
@Philabaseball

A.J. Burnett has lasted five or more innings in five of his past six starts and he hopes to extend that streak tonight as the Phillies open a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins.

Burnett surrendered seven hits and allowed three runs over five innings in a loss in his last start against the Angels. For his career, he's 1-1 with a 1.96 in three games against the Marlins.

The Marlins will counter with Anthony DeSclafani, a rookie righthander making just his second major league start.

The Phillies are on a roll offensively, scoring 20 runs over their past two contests en route to a series win over Cincinnati.

Cody Asche is hitting .389 over the last five games and the club has combined for a six home runs over the past week.

"There's power potential up and down the lineup," manager Ryne Sandberg said following Sunday's 8-3 win over the Reds. "We have some guys that can really drive the ball and it's just a matter of time before things heat up."

Over their last ten series' against Miami the Phillies are 8-1-1 with a 22-9 overall record and three series sweeps.

Despite winning just three of their last 10, the Marlins enter play on Monday just two games behind the Atlanta Braves for the top spot in the NL East and have the most wins at home in the majors with 17.

Marlins lineup:  Yelich 7, Dietrich 4, Stanton 9, McGehee 5, Jones 3, Saltalamacchia 2, Ozuna 8, Hechavarria 6, DeSclafani 1.

Phillies lineup:  Rollins 6, Ruiz 2, Utley 4, Howard 3, Byrd 9, Asche 5, Brown 7, Gwynn Jr. 8, Burnett 1.

Update 4:35pm.: Ben Revere is absent again from the Phillies lineup. He missed the weekend series with Cincinnati due to a stomach illness, but Sandberg noted on Sunday he was contemplating his options in center field.  Revere is hitting .268 and has walked just three times over 142 plate appearances.

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