Here at the end of the season, these two teams can appreciate each other's position.
Both the Marlins and Phillies have struggled to stay afloat in a competitive National League East, and they'll play each other six times in the final two weeks of the season. Miami will play in Philadelphia for three games this week, and the Phillies will play a series in Miami starting next Monday.
The first two games of this series present pitching matchups that feature one star veteran matched against a young prospect. Miami will match Sam Dyson against Philadelphia's Cliff Lee on Monday, and Brian Flynn will face off against Roy Halladay on Tuesday.
Dyson, 25, will be making his first big league start in the series opener. The right-hander has made three relief appearances for the Marlins, and he began the season at Double-A Jacksonville. Dyson, a 2010 fourth-round Draft pick by the Blue Jays, has posted an 8-13 record with a 2.82 ERA in the Minors.
Lee, a four-time All-Star and the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner, is closing out another outstanding season. The 35-year-old southpaw ranks among the top 10 in the NL in ERA (2.97), and he's completed at least six innings in all but three of his first 28 starts this season.
The Marlins lost their Sunday series finale to the Mets by a 1-0 score in extra innings, and Miami will head into its series against Philadelphia with a 2-8 record in its last 10 games. The Phillies, meanwhile, have gone 16-13 since appointing Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as interim manager.
The Phillies have not finished with a winning record in any month this season, but they have managed a 41-34 record at home and a 33-30 record against NL East opponents. Philadelphia has gone 9-4 against the Marlins this season, and the Phillies have outscored Miami 50-37 in those games.
Marlins: Cishek on a roll
Steve Cishek didn't pitch in Sunday's 1-0 loss, but he's allowed just one run in his last 15 appearances and he's successfully converted 25 straight save opportunities. Cishek closed out his 30th save on Saturday, and he's been one of the bright spots in a tough season for Miami.
"Early in the year, he scuffled, but a lot of that was because we didn't get him in a lot of games," said manager Mike Redmond. "Over the course of the year he's been so reliable for us. We've had a couple of long stretches where we played really well, and he was a big part of that."
Phillies: Brown back in the lineup
The Phillies hope to get a boost from Domonic Brown in the season's last two weeks. Brown, who missed two weeks with an injury to his right Achilles tendon, made his first start since Aug. 30 on Sunday. The outfielder doubled and scored in his return.
Brown, an All-Star this season, has seen his production fall off in the second half. The 26-year-old has only played in 31 games since the break, and he's batting .268 (26-for-97) with four homers in that span. Brown hit .273 before the intermission, but he also had 23 homers in his first 95 games.
• Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis, who has been out since Sept. 9 with a right thumb bruise, is expected to play some time in the Philadelphia series.
• The Marlins' Donovan Solano has a six-game hitting streak.
•With his next homer, Jimmy Rollins will become the 19th player to have 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 home runs. Babe Ruth was the first player to achieve that feat, and Johnny Damon achieved it most recently.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.