Philadelphia Phillies (8-11) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8)
Times: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 7:05; Thursday 1:05.
TV: CSN- Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; TCN- Tuesday.
Monday- Jon Pettibone (0-0, MLB Debut) vs. A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63)
Tuesday- Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.46) vs. Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17)
Wednesday- Roy Halladay (0-2, 6.04) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56)
Thursday- Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.83) vs. James McDonald (2-2, 4.12)
On the Phillies- A good win on Sunday night makes you feel better, but it was a rough, 2-5 week. At 8-11, they will have a losing record through 20 games. The inconsistency of the offense is a bit concerning, especially since Pittsburgh has played pretty well.
On the Pirates- The Pirates just took 3 of 4 from the Braves, so what else needs to be said about their play? Rodriguez and Burnett are off to really good starts. They have some outstanding young talent.
PREDICTIONS- I'd love to think they get going here. They won't. SPLIT.
Phillies @New York Mets (9-8)
Times- Friday 7:10; Saturday 1:05, Sunday 1:10.
TV- PHL17- Friday, Sunday; FOX- Saturday;
Friday- Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) vs. Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95)
Saturday- TBD vs. Jon Niese (2-1, 3.80)
Sunday- Hamels vs. TBD
On the Phillies- In the first meeting of these two teams, the Phillies took 2 of 3. This will be their first trip to Citi Field this year. They won their last game there 16-1.
On the Mets- The Mets are off to a good start, and just beat the Nationals in 2 of 3 this weekend.
PREDICTION- Write off Saturday, they won't win that one. I still like them here. PHILLIES 2 OF 3.