PHILS LOOK FOR FIRST 3 GAME SWEEP OF THE SEASON
PHI: RHP Brett Myers (2-1, 4.78 ERA)
Myers lasted at least seven innings in each of his past three starts and has allowed three runs or less in four of six starts this season. The Phils have won each of his past three outings. He has a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings against Pittsburgh.
PIT: LHP Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.22 ERA)
Maholm is 2-1 with a 6.50 career ERA against Philadelphia, including beating Jamie Moyer last Aug. 18 at PNC Park. Phils outfielder So Taguchi has torched him for a .583 batting average (7-for-12), but first baseman Ryan Howard has only two hits — and four strikeouts — in nine career at-bats against Maholm.
Well it’s another left hander for the Bucs, which means lots of K’s by Howard again today. Howard kind of got out of his slump yesterday by blasting a 2 run homer to dead center against Matt Morris in the first. Both games in this series the Phils have struck early with 2 runs in the first inning on Friday and 5 runs in the first inning Saturday. If the Phils can keep giving their pitchers run support like this, couple that with the lights out bullpen and that is a recipe for success. Game time is 1:35pm today and I say the Phils complete the sweep with Myers on the hill. No Phils pitcher has gone all 9 innings yet and I think Myers will be the first.