Marlins say Philliesmania doesn’t bother them

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“Everybody’s talking about the Phillies, Cliff Lee, Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt,” Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez said. “Those guys, they have a good rotation. They have everything. We have a younger staff and they have great pitchers, but we are too. So we go pitch-by-pitch, day-by-day, do what we have to do. They won’t win all their starts.”

Of Florida’s 13 losses to the Phillies in 2010, five were by one run, including Halladay’s perfect game.

The way Florida sees it, that means they’re right there with one of baseball’s elite clubs. When Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria spoke last week about the looming season, he didn’t speak specifically of how his club matches up with Philadelphia, but said he considered Florida to be a playoff-caliber team in 2011.

“I match my guys up with anybody,” Loria said.

When the Phillies landed Lee, they were able to beat out bigger-money offers from the Yankees and Rangers. Lee took about $30 million less over the life of his deal to sign with Philadelphia, saying it was the best way for him to chase championships.

Beinfest took notice, as did those players who called Rodriguez.

The Phillies are the standard in the NL East, and they’re clearly Florida’s target.

“I usually don’t talk about other teams, but they’re packing their stadium, they’re run very well and they have a very good team,” Beinfest said. “So I wasn’t necessarily surprised. Maybe I was surprised as all you guys that he was going somewhere else and ultimately he ended up there. But that’s out of our control. Now we need to go out and try to battle.”

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