Highlighted Matchup

Well the second part of the season is underway and there is no shortage of storylines and pennant races to follow.  With all the series that have kicked off this weekend, one of the biggest matchups is Philadelphia vs. the Marlins.  Philly took game 1 last night, and Florida now trails them by 2 1/2 games.

They play today with Kyle Kendrick taking the mound for the Phillies, opposed by Scott Olsen for the Marlins.

Kendrick has started 19 games this year and has compiled an 8-3 record with a 4.47 ERA.  This is his first start against the Marlins in 2008, but last year he only gave up 3 earned runs against them in 2 starts.

Olsen, has been somewhat of a surprise this year. He showed some promise his first 36 starts in the league (2005-2006), but last year he posted a 10-15 record and a 5.81 ERA.  But this sesaon the lefty has started to turn it around going 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA.  He’s faced the Phils once this year, giving up no earned runs and scattering 6 hits.

The next two games will be big for both teams as they fight for the division lead.  While they play each other 9 more times after this, 6 of those games won’t be until September.  So this is each team’s best chance to try and gain some ground against each other for the next few weeks.

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