Florida Marlins (6-7) @ Philadelphia Phillies (7-5)
Jim Thome will be the most noteworthy player in this series for Larry Bowa's club. Thome is hitting to the tune of a .727 average against the Marlins this season after going 8-11 with two doubles in the first series between the two rivals. One of the two doubles came in his first official at bat as a Phillie.
In the series opener on Monday, A.J. Burnett will oppose Vincente Padilla. Padilla has been exceptional for the Phils this year, fanning thirteen batters and has not surrendered any walks. Burnett made his first start of the year against the Mets last week, after coming off the D.L., and pitched seven innings while striking out four and issuing no walks.
On Tuesday Josh Beckett will go against Joe Roa, making his third start of the season. Roa struggled through his first two starts, but believes he and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan may have found a flaw in his delivery which they've straightened out. Beckett started for the Marlins on Opening Day and lasted just 2 2/3 innings. The Phillies tagged the youngster for seven runs, but five of those were unearned.
Two young right-handers will be squaring off against each opposing each other in Wednesday's game. Brad Penny will match up against highly touted Phillies' prospect Brett Myers. Penny has not faired well in his two outings this season, with both coming against the Atlanta Braves. Penny surrendered a total of ten runs in those two starts and will be looking to get on the right track. In Myers' last start he sighted the fact that his curveball was not working as a contributing factor to the poor showing. He surrendered four runs and eight hits while striking out just three in the Phillies 7-6 loss against the Reds.
In the final game of this series the Marlins will send Carl Pavano to the mound and Philadelphia will send their ace, Kevin Millwood. In Pavano's start against the Phillies on April 2nd, he gave up five earned runs and seven hits in six innings of work. Millwood has been nothing less then an ace for the Phillies this season. Millwood came back impressively on Saturday, after missing a start due to an injured ground, to gain his second win of the season. He went six innings, giving up only a pair of unearned runs and striking out seven in the Phillies win over the Reds.
Monday, April 14, 2003 – 7:05
FLO. - A. Burnett (0-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. PHI - V. Padilla (1-1, 3.46 ERA)
Tuesday, April 15, 2003 – 7:05
FLO - J. Beckett (1-1, 3.29 ERA) vs. PHI - J. Roa (0-2, 12.83 ERA)
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 – 7:05
FLO – B. Penny (1-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. PHI – B. Myers (0-1, 3.00 ERA)
Thursday, April 17, 2003 – 3:05
FLO – C. Pavano (1-2, 5.30 ERA) vs. PHI – K. Millwood (2-0, 3.00 ERA)
Brandon Duckworth; P - sore elbow (should return April 20th)
Dave Coggin; P - Surgery to repair right shoulder
Marlon Byrd; CF – 15 Day; left knee laceration
Mon. 31 in Florida: Phillies win 8-5
Wed. 2 in Florida: Phillies win 8-2
Thurs. 3 in Florida: Phillies lose 8-3
To review the stories from the first Phillies/Marlins series, check out our Game Results section.