One night after very nearly avoiding one of the worst losses of the season by producing one of the best wins of the season, the Pirates have to actually get back on the field and play the Phillies again. I know. It seems unfair, doesn’t it?
Paul Maholm goes against Cole Hamels tonight and Hamels has been absolutely dreadful in his last four starts. In fact, since July 1st his ERA is over 5 and opponents are slugging .471 against him. The Pirates have actually already teed off on him once over that span, but lost the game when … well, let’s not talk about that. What I’m trying to say is that the team that jumped all over Joe Blanton and the Phillies’ bullpen last night probably has a fair chance against Hamels tonight.