Jeremy Hellickson (10-9, 3.90 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (63-80) go up against Gerrit Cole (7-9, 3.55 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-72) in the first of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and will air on CSPh and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Hellickson pitched 6.0 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned) and striking out one in a 6-0 loss to the Marlins. The Pirates were unsuccessful against the Astros 5-4 the last time Cole pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking one. Starling Marte (.311, 71 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
When leading after seven innings, Philadelphia is 31-37, while Pittsburgh is 27-34.
The Pirates didn't score any runs in their last game. The Phillies have an 11-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 45-12. The Phillies have a 43-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 520 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 18th with 628 runs.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.678). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .735.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 36-57, well-matched with the Phillies who are 28-63 when allowing at least one homer.