Fish Provide Plenty of Trouble For Wolf

Some players struggle against particular opponents - either players or entire teams - and for Randy Wolf, his struggles against Florida are becoming mighty. The Marlins again pounded Wolf on this trip into Florida and pushed his numbers against the Marlins even further out of whack.

Most pitchers have that one team they can't seem to figure out. For Randy Wolf, it's the Marlins. However, the curse on Wolf seems to be more extreme than most.

When Wolf gave up five runs in six innings in the Phillies' 8-2 loss to the Marlins Tuesday night, it dropped his career record to 2-11 against them. At least he's consistent both home and away; At home he's 1-6 with a 5.86 ERA; on the road he's 1-5 with a 5.86 ERA, with the same runs allowed and innings pitched at both locations.

It is the type of lopsided statistical anomaly that screams of a mental hurdle that isn't being cleared - not that Wolf was willing or in the mood to admit it.

"I don't know what to say," said Wolf. "It just happens to be that way. I hate to lose no matter who it's against. I think it has more to do with me than it has to do with them."

"Now and then in baseball some team will have better success against you," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He just made a couple of mistakes out there."

The following is a look at Randy Wolf's numbers since 2002 and how different they are against the Marlins. They also show what his numbers could be if his numbers against the Marlins weren't included.

2002-2005 Totals 32 27 3.85 87 547.1 493 251 234 70 177 438
2002-2005 vs. FLA 1 6 5.65 9 51.0 57 34 32 8 16 39
2002-2005 Difference 31 21 3.66 78 496.1 436 217 202 62 161 399

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