Pirates/Phillies Open Series

Pittsburgh Pirates (38-47) play the Philadelphia Phillies (45-38).

Zach Duke (8-7, 3.28 ERA) starts vs. Joe Blanton (5-4, 4.69 ERA).

The Phillies are 6-1 on this home stand, hoping to continue their winning ways. Their offense has been somewhat inconsistent. The Phillies need to hit with runners in scoring position. One thing that has been consistent during this homestand: the bullpen.

Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies. After a slow start, Blanton is improving as the season goes on. In his last eight starts, Blanton is 3-1 with a 2.63. In his last outing, he out-pitched Johan Santana. In his lone career start against Pittsburgh, Blanton threw seven scoreless innings striking out seven.

Zach Duke has struggled in his career against the Phillies. In three starts, he is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Duke has had a good season, posting a 3.28 earned run average, but hasn't received much run support.

Chris Coste was designated for assignment after Raul Ibanez was activated from the disabled list. Coste was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.


Anonymous said...

No Mayberry for IronPigs :(


Anonymous said...

I hope Phillies wreck Pirates. Show them who is boss in PA.

We play Yankees tonight. Our idiot local sportswriter does not think Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to be the IronPigs rival.

He obviously failed geography.

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