The visiting Phillies look to complete a series sweep with an eighth consecutive victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night.
“We’ve had a lot of people talking about the offense, but we have our outbursts,” Howard said. “It’s good to know it’s there.”
In addition to winning seven straight overall against the last-place Marlins (38-48), the Phillies have held a 136-62 scoring advantage while taking 21 of 25 in Miami.
Howard, who had four hits Tuesday, has hit four of his 18 homers and driven in 11 runs in 11 games versus Florida this season. Ibanez is batting .405 with nine RBIs over his last 11 road games against the Marlins.
Sanchez (6-2, 3.30 ERA) has a 2.77 ERA in two starts versus Philadelphia this season but did not factor in the decision of either outing. He is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in his last four starts against the Phillies since beating them at home May 30, 2010.
Sanchez, 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA in four starts since defeating Arizona on June 10, hopes for a better effort after he yielded a season-high seven runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 15-5 loss at Texas on Friday.
“He’s a better pitcher than that. You could see he wasn’t in tune,” manager Jack McKeon said.
Philadelphia scheduled starter Kyle Kendrick(notes) (4-4, 3.81) also was not at his best when he allowed a season-high six runs in seven innings and did not factor in the decision of a 7-6 win at Toronto on Friday.
The right-hander, 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in six starts this season, is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last four versus Florida. Kendrick allowed only a home run to Logan Morrison(notes) in seven innings of an 8-1 victory over the Marlins on June 15.
Though Morrison is 3 for 6 versus Kendrick, he’s 0 for 8 in the series and batting .200 (6 for 30) against the Phillies in 2011.
“He’s feeling better,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. “We will make a decision on what our course of action will be with him in the next 48 hours.”