Miami Marlins Series Preview: Where Will Cole Hamels Land?

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Jun 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Adam Morgan (39) throws a pitch during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series? 

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MV: The Phils are scheduled to run out rookie Adam Morgan tonight, righty Chad Billingsley on Saturday, and Hamels on Sunday afternoon. We all know about Cole, one of the game’s best lefty’s. He needs to stay focused, not allow the trade talk and poor play around him to get to him, and limit the longball. Who knows what to expect from either Morgan or Billingsley? The kid has a chance to spin a solid 5-6 innings and keep them in it, but he also could implode early. Billingsley has been mostly awful since returning this year after missing most of the last two seasons. He has gone 5-6 innings in his starts, but has given up 10 hits in 2 of his last 3. The next two nights are chances for the Fish hitters to pad their averages/stats.

MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?

MV: The only thing that you can logically predict for the 2015 Phillies are losses. They are 18-25 at home, far better than their awful road record. However, more recently they went 3-9 on their last two homestands. Thing is, the Marlins are also a bad team, just not as bad. Without Giancarlo, I’ll say the Phils take 1 of 3, maybe the Hamels game.

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That just about does it for our Phillies series primer. A big thanks to Matthew Veasey for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out That Balls Outta Here for all your Philadelphia Phillies coverage. You can follow Matthew and TBOH on Twitter as well.

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