Marlins fans woke up to good news Thursday morning.
The Colorado Rockies lost their fourth game in a row, and the Arizona Diamondbacks also lost Wednesday night, which means the Marlins lost no ground in the National League Wild Card race, despite an 8-0 thumping by the Phillies.
Miami, which wraps up a four-game divisional series at Philadelphia at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, remains five-and-a-half games back in the wild card race behind Arizona, Colorado, Milwaukee and St. Louis.
Vince Worley, the 29-year-old right-hander, take the mound for the Marlins against 23-year-old right-hander Jake Thompson (4.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP), who was called up from Triple-A by the Phillies. Worley (4.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) has a 2-3 record and makes his tenth start of the season. He is quite familiar with the Phillies, as he was drafted by them and spent two years with them from 2010-12.
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The Marlins (62-63) are looking to rebound from Wednesday’s loss and get back to the kind of offense they showed in Tuesday’s double-header, when they had a combined 27 hits, 19 runs and 6 homeruns in the sweep at Citizens Bank Park. With those two wins, Miami reached .500 for the first time since late-April, but dipped back down Wednesday.
Manager Don Mattingly remained optimistic that the Marlins will win Thursday and take the series.
“I think we’ve been in this situation before, where we get banged up and bounce back,” he told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “We still have a chance to win a series. We need the starters to keep us in the game.”
Marlins at Phillies
When: 1:05 p.m.
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Starting Pitchers: Marlins - Vince Worley (4.82 ERA), Phillies - Jake Thompson (4.20 ERA)
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