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Philadelphia Phillies (72-51) at Pittsburgh Pirates (52-71)
Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.78 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.74 ERA)
Losing a heart-breaker last night, the Phillies learned that they can not take the Pirates lightly. The Pirates may be in last place, but the Phillies continued their struggles at PNC Park.
Cole Hamels has found himself slumping against many teams this season, including the Pirates. In six innings, he gave up five earned runs against them. The biggest problem for Hamels is his location. If he has command of his pitches, he will be in complete control.
Hamels will be opposed by Paul Maholm who is 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in his career against the Phillies. Maholm, a sinkerballer, is able to get many hitters to ground out.