In his first season as Marlins skipper, Mike Redmond is looking to instill a winning mentality in his clubhouse -- the same type of winning mentality that was so prevalent for the past half decade in Philadelphia.
Know who else is trying to establish that mindset early this season? The Phillies, themselves.
After a down year in 2012, the Phillies are still looking to regain their swagger. The Marlins, meanwhile, are looking for any semblance of swagger at all after starting the year 1-8.
"Just because people don't expect us to win, that doesn't change my mentality," Redmond said. "My mentality and our players' mentality is to win every single game. Believe me. I stay up every night, trying to think of ways to be creative with the lineup, and which guys I think would be able to spark our lineup. I take every one of those losses tough. Way harder than I ever did as a player.
"We talked all spring about coming to the ballpark every day with the mentality to win, and to expect to win. We haven't won very many games right now. But at the same time, these guys are battling."
Left-hander John Lannan takes the ball for Philadelphia after allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings against Kansas City. It was a quality start, even though the Phillies offense didn't offer much help until he was out of the game.
"That's what I'm trying to do every time," Lannan said after that start. "I was able to stay down in the zone and [catcher Humberto] Quintero did a good job mixing it up. My goal in every start out there is to try to keep the team in the ballgame."
Opposite Lannan will be Miami's Ricky Nolasco, the franchise's all-time wins leader, who is still looking for his first victory this season in his third try. He's allowed five runs in 11 1/3 innings, but hasn't received much in the run-support department.
Phillies: Waiting for Young
• In the absence of Delmon Young, who is recovering from an operation on his right ankle, the Phillies have used a bit of a platoon in right field this season.
Wednesday night it was John Mayberry, who made his fifth start there this season. Laynce Nix has started in right three times and Ezequiel Carrera has played there once.
Mayberry is 5-for-19 on the young season with three doubles, a homer and four walks, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel plans on continuing to rotate the three until Young returns.
"Until he arrives here, we definitely have to play John, Nix and Carrera," Manuel said.
Marlins: Mixing and matching in Miami
• The Marlins have played nine games this season and have used a different lineup in every one.
"We'll just keep mixing and matching and moving guys around, and see where everybody fits and where we can get some run production," Redmond said.
Thus far, not much has worked for Redmond's Marlins, who have mustered just 16 runs in the first nine games.
• Lannan is very familiar with the Marlins' hitters from his time spent with Washington. He has struggled against Giancarlo Stanton (5-for-11 with three doubles and a homer) and Placido Polanco (7-for-17).
• The Phillies won 10 of 18 against Miami last season, marking the third straight year they have taken the season series between the two. In fact, since 2005 the Marlins have won the season series just once -- when they won 10 of 18 during Philadelphia's 2008 title-winning campaign.
• Catcher Kyle Skipworth, the Marlins' first-round pick in 2008, made his Major League debut on Wednesday night, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning. Skipworth remained in the game to catch the eighth and ninth.