Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Well Marlin Maniacs, tonight the season’s second road trip wraps up in perfectly sensible geographical order for the Miami Marlins.

What started for the Miami Marlins on the shores of the Pacific in Seattle, made its way way down the I-5 to sunny San Diego, now reaches its logical conclusion in…..Philadelphia.

Thanks for the air miles, MLB execs.

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That brings us to the Phillies though, the one National League East team the Fish have yet to face in 2017. The team we have all loved to hate ever since Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell first started making a habit of breaking the collective hopes and dreams of Marlins fans everywhere.

Which at the end of the day was fine, because when we woke up from those collectively shattered hopes and dreams, most of us at least did so in Miami.

The Phillies enter this series as the number three team in the NL East, surprisingly. With a record of 9-9, that places them ahead of the division rival Mets.

For the Fish, they enter this series with a 10-8 mark. That is good enough for second in the East. Surprising to many, but of course, not to us Fish fans.

Rocky statue and cheesesteaks aside, Magic City wins out over City of Brotherly Love any day.

But I digress. So putting that slight bit of foreshadowing aside, here are the top three stories to watch as the Marlins and Phillies clash once more.