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Baltimore Orioles (30-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-29) at 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park.

The starters are Brad Bergesen (4-2, 3.79 ERA) and J.A Happ (4-0, 3.53 ERA).

Bergesen is coming off his first complete game of his career. Against the Atlanta Braves, Bergesen allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks.

Happ will try to rebound from two straight bad outings against the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. In his last two starts, he has an ERA of 7.36 and opponents are batting .302 against him in that stint. Happ will not only try to put his last two starts behind him, but also his struggles at home. Happ has a 5.24 ERA at Citizens Bank Park this season.

Three bench players will start for the Phillies tonight. Paul Bako will catch, Greg Dobbs will play first base for Ryan Howard (who reportedly suffered a 104-degree fever last night), and Matt Stairs will start in right.

Both pitchers are facing teams they have never faced before. The Phillies are going to have to be patient off Bergesen, and work the count against the 23 year old rookie.

Hopefully the rain will hold off and the Phillies will return to their winning ways.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Wheeler has always been an apologist for the team. The mindless, worthless, pride of Marple Newtown and Penn State University piece of shit. Actually, I kind of like Mr. Wheeler. May I be confused or something?

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