Miami Marlins Series Preview: Where Will Cole Hamels Land?

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Jul 10, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) is relieved in the fourth inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY

The long tortuous week of no baseball is almost over. With the All-Star game behind us, the Miami Marlins will finally get to get back on the field Friday, behind Jose Fernandez, to begin the second half of the 2015 season. 

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While this season has been a major letdown, it’s still better to be able to watch baseball than not. Even with the team losing as much as they have this season, television ratings have been good for the team, and that hopefully means long-term stability for a franchise that’s had its fair share of issues maintaining a fan base.

Next up for the Miami Marlins will be another team that has had a rough go of things in 2015, the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming into play Friday, only one team in the NL East separates the Marlins from the basement in the division, and that’s the Phillies.

We sat down with the Editor of FanSided’s Phillies site That Balls Outta Here, Matthew Veasey to get acquainted with his Phillies, as they prepare for the first series of the second half.

Cole Hamels and the trade rumors surrounding him were front and center in our chat.

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