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By Nick Mandarano, Sports Talk Philly Staff  

PITTSBURGH — The Phillies are looking to win their first series since they won two games against the Miami Marlins in a series that took place from April 25-27. Aaron Nola, who has gone 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts this season, will return from injury today. The Phillies have lost 16 of their last 20 games. During that span, they have been outscored 117-88. On the road, they've lost 12 of their last 15 and hold just a .291 road win-percentage.


Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (15-22) Pittsburgh Pirates (19-24)
RHP Aaron Nola RHP Chad Kuhl
(2-0, 4.50 ERA) (1-4, 6.69 ERA)

Aaron Nola — Age: 23;

  • Last Start: April 20, 2017, at NYM: W, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 SO, 1 HR
  • Career vs. Rockies: N/A

On April 21, Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain after a game against the New York Mets. Now, a month later, he'll be making his return to the rotation. He made two rehab starts in AAA for Lehigh Valley with a 1-0 record and 0.87 ERA. His most recent rehab start was on May 15. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven in 6.1 innings.

Chad Kuhl — Age: 24;

  • Last Start: May 16, 2017, vs. WSH: L, 4.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 SO, 1 HR
  • Career vs. Phillies: (1-0), 1 G, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 SO, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Just twice in eight outings this season has Kuhl gone six innings (April 13, 18). In his last two starts, he's gone 0-2 and allowed ten runs and 16 hits. Kuhl features a sinker, changeup and slider. His sinker will come in at around 96 mph, while his changeup an slider typically sit around 89-91 mph. Phillies hitters are 4-for-17 against Kuhl historically


Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (15-25) Pittsburgh Pirates (19-24)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 2B Cesar Hernandez S 1 LF Adam Frazier L
2 SS Freddy Galvis S 2 2B Josh Harrison R
3 LF Aaron Altherr R 3 CF Andrew McCutchen R
4 RF Michael Saunders L 4 1B Josh Bell S
5 CF Odubel Herrera L 5 3B David Freese R
6 3B Maikel Franco R 6 RF John Jaso L
7 1B Brock Stassi L 7 C Chris Stewart R
8 C Andrew Knapp S 8 SS Gift Ngoepe R
9 P Aaron Nola R 9 P Chad Kuhl R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
  • TV: CSN
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

  • As a team, the Phillies have allowed 23 home runs this season in situations where the batter has two strikes against him, including a 4th inning home run from David Freese in yesterday's game.
  • On their current road trip, the Phillies bullpen has posted a 6.12 ERA (17 ER, 25.0 IP) as opponents are batting .275 (28-102). This season, the Philadelphia pen has allowed a NL-most 27 home runs.
  • The Pirates are 34-18 all-time against the Phillies at PNC Park. Since the start of the 2014 season, the Pirates have gone 9-2 against the Phillies at PNC Park.

Standings:

Updated: May 21, 2017
NL EAST W L GB RS RA
Nationals 25 17 -- 243 203
Braves 18 22 6.0 186 208
Mets 18 23 6.5 205 225
Phillies 15 25 9.0 183 201
Marlins 15 27 10.0 175 216

What's Next:

  • Monday, May 21, 2017: vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
    • Citizens Bank Park
    • RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-4, 4.53 ERA) vs. TBA
    • TV: CSN; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP.

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