Do the Phillies struggle against certain current or former Pirate pitchers? Chris Wheeler alluded to this Tuesday night while Zach Duke was controlling the Fightins. He pointed out that Tom Gorzelanny (who dominated the Phils last night) also gave the Phils fits. And you know what, I agreed with him. It does seem that they struggle with the Pirates and some of their pitchers. But the stats, they may tell a different story. Here are some Pirate pitchers' career numbers against the Phils.
Zach Duke - 5 games, 2-3 record, 4.18 ERA
Tom Gorzelanny - 2 games, 1-1 record, 3.86 ERA
Paul Maholm - 6 games, 3-1 record, 3.29 ERA
Ian Snell - 6 games, 3-3 record, 4.50 ERA
Kip Wells - 12 games, 5-2 record, 2.98 ERA
Josh Fogg - 6 games, 1-2 record, 6.21 ERA
So it turns out Duke and Gorzelanny didn't really do that well against the Pirates before this week's games, and for the Pirates main starters over the last few years, only Kip Wells and Paul Maholm have consistently put up above average starts against the good guys.
As for today, the Phils face off against Ryan Dempster. He's faced the Phils 21 times (14 starts) without great success. He's 4-4 but with a 4.99 ERA. Last season he started once against Philadelphia and gave up 6 runs over 7 innings. Let's hope history repeats itself today.
Game time 1:05. Joe Blanton takes the hill for the Phils. Enjoy your MLB Gamecenter while attempting to work.