The Marlins will head to first place Philadelphia losers of 14 of their last 17 games. Hey, but at least Hanley Ramirez will be back in the lineup.
The Marlins activated Ramirez from the disabled list after Monday's 12-9 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and sent outfielder Scott Cousins to the DL with a lower back strain.
In all honesty, the Marlins couldn't be happier to be getting out of town. With Monday's loss, they fell to 15-22 at Sun Life Stadium. They'll hit the road now to play 16 of their next 19 away from this place. And that might be a good thing considering they're 17-11 on the road.
"There's no scientific explanation for that," manager Edwin Rodriguez said about his team's home record after Monday's loss. "We play better when we're away. It's sad to say, but yes it will be good to hit the road and see if we can start winning some ballgames."
Ricky Nolasco, who had his shortest outing of the season (3 innings, 8 hits, 9 runs, 5 earned, was quick to shoot down questions about him having any mechanical issues despite issuing a season-high four walks. Rodriguez said otherwise.
"I think he was flying up a little bit," Rodriguez said. "He wasn't hitting the corners. It was a matter of getting behind in the count. The arm was fine, the velocity was fine."