By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies have now won five straight, nine of 11 and 13 of 17 as they get ready to continue this three game series with Miami at Citizens Bank Park.
This hot streak has moved the Phillies to within five games of the second National league wildcard berth. While that is still a significant deficit with just 21 games left to play, when you consider they were 13 games back on July 31st, it doesn’t seem quite as daunting.
Also with a win tonight, the Phillies would improve to 71-71, returning to .500 for the first time since they were 28-28 after losing to the Dodgers on June 4th.
Roy Halladay will get the start tonight for the Phillies. He is 9-7 on the season with a 3.87 ERA and 5-1 in his last seven starts with a 3.00 ERA. In his career against Miami, Halladay is 5-4 with a 2.52 ERA and that includes his historic perfect game back in 2010.
The Marlins will give the ball to RHP Nate Eovaldi. Acquired in a trade with the Dodgers mid-season, Eovaldi is 4-11 this year including 0-2 against the Phillies.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Jack Scheuer of the Associated Press about the Phillies hot streak, their postseason chances and tonight’s game.
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