In the last of a four-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (65-81) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (70-74) at Citizens Bank Park, Jerad Eickhoff (10-13, 3.73 ERA) and Chad Kuhl (3-3, 4.09 ERA) get the ball. The Phillies won the last game 6-2, and Philadelphia leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 15 and will air on CSPh and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Eickhoff pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 3-0 loss to the Nationals. Odubel Herrera (.277, 73 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Pirates were also unsuccessful the last time Kuhl pitched. He tossed 2.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking three in a 12-6 loss to the Cardinals. 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.
For the 19th time this season, the Pirates registered at least two errors in a game.
The Phillies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 10-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-66. The Pirates have a 16-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Philadelphia ranks 25th with 145 homers and Pittsburgh is 26th with 133.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 371 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 487.
The Phillies are 54-44 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 50-33 when they hit at least one homer.