Welcome to July 2013.
Tuesday begins the aptly named 'Battle of Pennsylvania' when the Phillies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yes, we know it hasn't been all that interesting between these two teams recently, but this year it just may start to get real interesting.
The manager of the Pirates, Clint Hurdle, boldly predicted in Spring Training 2013 that the Pirates would have 95 wins this year. Nobody tended to believe him, and most just laughed when they heard the comment.
Look what team was the first to 50 wins, you guessed it, the Pittsburgh Pirates. They now have 51 wins as of Monday morning.
It doesn't hurt that the Pirates have reeled off a blazing 9-game win streak that they are in right now and they are the holders of a great 28-13 win/loss record at home.
The Phillies though, are kind of the opposite. They meander from series to series, and now are 5 games under .500 and 9.5 GB from the Atlanta Braves. The team is in need of a serious winning streak but somehow that just never comes for this team. We did see them reel off 5 wins in a row recently in the beginning of June but promptly lost the next 5 games in a row after that win streak.
Starting Pitchers for the Phillies in this Pittsburgh series are:
Wednesday - Lannan
Thursday - Hamels
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