Something has to give at Marlins Park on Monday.
Philadelphia is 1-8 when southpaw Cole Hamels toes the rubber. Hamels has already matched his loss total from last year, when he went 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA. Through nine starts this season, the 29-year-old has compiled a 1-6 record and 4.61 ERA.
Hamels is averaging 3.8 walks per nine innings, up from 2.2 last year and 1.8 in 2011. He said a mechanical issue with his delivery is to blame.
"That's kind of what I've been tinkering with in between every start, just trying to get things so they're rock solid," Hamels said. "Obviously, it hasn't shown because of the walks that I've made and a lot of 3-2 counts, 3-1 counts, 3-0 counts."
Meanwhile, Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00 ERA) has dropped a decision each of his last five times out. During that stretch, he has posted a 5.46 ERA and opposing hitters have hit .327 off of him with a .406 on-base percentage.
"The league adjusts to your pitching and the pitchers have to adjust to the league," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "Right now, we're in a situation where some of our pitchers have got to make adjustments and keep getting the ball down and throw strikes. That's the key."
Sanabia has surrendered nine hits in each of his last two outings.
"We've gotten behind guys, and you know what happens when you fall behind hitters," Redmond said. "They make you pay. In the big leagues, when you make those mistakes, they usually cost you a couple of runs."
Phillies: Ruiz exits early
Catcher Carlos Ruiz left Sunday's contest against the Reds after the second inning with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running from first to third base on a single. He initially remained in the game, but was replaced in the third inning. An All-Star last season, Ruiz is hitting .235 with two RBIs in 16 games.
• The Phillies will call up right-hander Tyler Cloyd from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Tuesday against the Marlins.
Marlins: Morrison embarks on rehab
Logan Morrison, recovering from right knee surgery, will commence a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on Monday. He is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on May 30. The Marlins plan to play him for a week at Class A before advancing him to Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.
• Marlins southpaw Mike Dunn is one of five relievers in the league who has yet to allow a run at home. In Sunday's 2-1 win, he recorded the final out for his second career save and first this season.
• Michael Young made his first start at first base this season for the Phillies on Sunday.