PHILADELPHIA -- When Marlins pitcher Andrew Miller takes the mound against the Phillies for this week's TBS Sunday Game of the Week, Philadelphia hitters might find a challenge in adjusting to the left-hander's delivery.
"It's downhill and it looks like it's coming from first base," said Phillies reliever Chad Durbin, who spent parts of two seasons observing the former sixth overall pick while they were teammates in Detroit. "It's tough to deal with."
The Phillies have seen Miller once before. The now 23-year-old lefty was pitted against Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer on June 16 of last season, while Miller was still a rookie and wearing a Tigers uniform. The Phillies tagged him for two home runs that day in a 6-3 win.
Miller is 4-4 with a 5.53 ERA in his first two months as a Marlin, after arriving in a megadeal that brought Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit and sent Miller and five others to Florida. Though his record hovers at .500, his 2008 resume boasts victories over the Diamondbacks and Braves.
After a rough start, Miller has posted a 2.43 ERA in his past five outings.
"His stuff is electric," Durbin said. "It just depends on whether he throws strikes and gets his secondary pitches over."
Sunday will give Miller his chance for revenge against the Phillies -- and Moyer. The two lefties who faced off last June are slated to meet again.
The Phillies' bats have been cranking out runs for Moyer in his last three starts. In that span, he's had 42 runs of support and is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA. The veteran lefty has started 538 more games than his opponent on Sunday.
But there's more than revenge at stake. The two teams will be battling for first place in the National League East. Entering the weekend, the Phillies trailed the Marlins by only half a game for the division lead.
"We just want to win games," Phillies outfielder Geoff Jenkins said. "No matter who it's against. Everyone wants to talk about standings, but we're two months in, so it's irrelevant right now. We just gotta go out and play good baseball."
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.