For two sub-.500 teams, playing in the tightest division in baseball is as big a factor as anything.
The Marlins begin a four-game set with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night on the heels of a lackluster 3-7 homestand. They are 2 1/2 games out of first in the National League East; the Phillies are five games back.
Miami trails the 2014 series with Philadelphia, 4-2, and was swept in a three-game series in its last visit to Citizens Bank Park, in April. But the Phillies have had a difficult time maintaining the early success they enjoyed at home. They have a .500 record on the road but are only 16-21 in Philly.
"It's hard to put my finger on it," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said on Friday. "If there's a positive to that, we've established that we can play on the road. To carry that over to home when we're playing at home, that would be another positive."
Roberto Hernandez will toe the rubber for the Phils in the series opener. He didn't have his best stuff his last time out, against the Braves -- he allowed eight hits, five runs and five walks in six innings -- but earned the victory after the bats bailed him out. He has gone more than six innings just twice in 13 starts this season.
Miami's Nathan Eovaldi will be trying to avoid the big inning on Monday, as a four-run sixth was his undoing in his previous outing, a loss to the Cubs. In his last two starts, he has allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in 10 2/3 innings.
Phillies: Revere back atop the lineup
The Phillies got back center fielder and leadoff hitter Ben Revere on Sunday. Revere hadn't gotten a start since last Monday after dealing with some swelling in his left knee.
"The day after my knee swelled up, it was hard for me to run," Revere said. "My game is speed, so they were just like, 'Let's get that thing out of there as soon as possible.' Just give me a couple of days off is what coach Sandberg wanted to do. It was a little precaution, but luckily, it wasn't anything serious."
Revere went 0-for-4 on Sunday to drop his batting average to .275, but the speedster has provided a nice spark atop the lineup this season, with 20 stolen bases and 31 runs.
"Everything feels good, I just wanted to get all the swelling out before I got back out there," he said. "The knee feels good."
Marlins: Furcal out, Hechavarria in
The Marlins will be without veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, who went on the disabled list on Sunday after injuring his left hamstring in a 4-0 loss to the Mets on Saturday in Miami. But shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who was out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday because of a sore right elbow, is expected to return on Monday.
"[Hechavarria's] better today, but we figured we'd give him another day to make sure he's fully recovered," Redmond said.
Hechavarria is batting .272 with 17 RBIs and 25 runs this season.
• For his career, Eovaldi is 2-4 with a 4.00 ERA against the Phillies; Hernandez is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA against the Marlins.
• Jimmy Rollins did not get a hit on Sunday, snapping his 16-game streak. The streak, in which Rollins had exactly one hit in each game, was the longest of its kind by a Phillies player since 1900.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.