The Pittsburgh Pirates lost five straight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Bucs have been dumped by the Phils in 10 of the past 11 games. The Phillies head into the series having just swept the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies average 5.6 runs per game. Good Lord! Despite playing the fewest games in the NL (tie SF), the Phillies have scored 199 runs and lead or are in the top five in slugging, average, and OBP. This should be the toughest test yet for the Bucs as the Phillies have dominated not only the Pirates lately, but are 9-1 against the NL Central this season. The Phils have swept the Astros and Brewers while winning the Cardinals series three games to one.
Charlie Morton will pitch for the Bucs. He has been very good in his last three starts being charged with three or less earned runs. Morton has also gone six innings or more in each of those starts as well. Kyle Kendrick will be on the bump for the Phillies. Kendrick has the longest consecutive scoreless innings steak for the Phillies. He pitched 12 straight scoreless in April.
Andrew McCutchen is on fire. He has been on base safely in 10 of his last 14 plate appearances. He is hitting .340. Fourth in the league.
Jimmy Rollins made his rehab start and flew back to Philly. He will probably play tonight if the exam with team doctors is positive. [Philly.com]
Zach Duke takes on Roy Hallady tomorrow. Gulp.