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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Making his second start since an X-ray revealed he has a bone spur in his right elbow, Philadelphia Phillies (50-47) right-hander Jake Arrieta will square off opposite right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Pittsburgh Pirates (45-50) Friday evening at PNC Park.

The Phillies are coming off of a 3-4, seven-game stretch to open the second-half of the season against arguably the hottest- and best-overall teams in baseball in the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates, meanwhile, are 1-5 since the All-Star break, after going 12-5 in their previous 17 games.

Friday's game will mark the Phillies' first meeting against the Pirates this season, the first of a three-game series, and the first of a five-game road trip (concluding with two games against the Detroit Tigers, July 23-24).

The Phillies had much success against the Pirates last season, winning six of seven games. Manager Gabe Kapler's squad took two of three from the Pirates at PNC Park, July 6-8, 2018, outscoring them 21 to 11 in the series; Arrieta earned the win on July 7, allowing only two runs through seven innings.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (50-47) Pittsburgh Pirates (45-50)
RHP Jake Arrieta RHP Jordan Lyles
(8-7, 4.54 ERA) (5-6, 5.16 ERA)

RHP Jake Arrieta, Age: 33

  • Career vs. PIT: 12-6, 2.99 ERA, 22 G, 22 GS, 135 2/3 IP, 97 H, 49 R, 45 ER, 15 HR, 35 BB, 132 SO, 0.973 WHIP
  • Career at PNC Park: 5-4, 3.94 ERA, 11 G, 11 GS, 64 IP, 56 H, 31 R, 28 ER, 10 HR, 16 BB, 59 SO, 1.125 WHIP

Arrieta has made 50 starts with the Phillies, going an even 18-18 with a 4.19 ERA, 225-to-99 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.351 WHIP spanning 285 2/3 innings. Despite his bone spur injury, the 10-year veteran allowed just one run to the Washington Nationals in his most recent start on Sunday.


RHP Jordan Lyles, Age: 28

  • Career vs. PHI: 1-1, 3.22 ERA, 10 G, 6 GS, 36 1/3 IP, 36 H, 17 R, 13 ER, 2 HR, 13 BB, 25 SO, 1.349 WHIP
  • Career at PNC Park: 2-6, 6.29 ERA, 14 G, 12 GS, 63 IP, 78 H, 49 R, 44 ER, 12 HR, 19 BB, 57 SO, 1.540 WHIP

After starting the season 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA through his first nine starts (Pirates 8-1 record), Lyles is 0-5 with a 10.27 ERA in his six starts since (Pirates 0-6 record). The nine-year veteran has allowed seven runs in each of his last two starts, both against the Chicago Cubs.

Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (50-47) Pittsburgh Pirates (45-50)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 CF Scott Kingery R 1 2B Adam Frazier L
2 SS Jean Segura R 2 RF Bryan Reynolds S
3 RF Bryce Harper L 3 CF Starling Marte R
4 1B Rhys Hoskins R 4 1B Josh Bell S
5 C J.T. Realmuto R 5 3B Colin Moran L
6 2B Cesar Hernandez S 6 LF Corey Dickerson L
7 3B Maikel Franco R 7 SS Kevin Newman R
8 LF Adam Haseley L 8 C Elias Diaz R
9 P Jake Arrieta R 9 P Jordan Lyles R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
  • TV: NBC 10
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:


  • Phillies shortstop Jean Segura has six hits spanning 15 career at-bats opposite Lyles, whereas Pirates center fielder Starling Marte is 12-for-39 with two home runs and three RBI in his career against Arrieta (click to expand).


What's Next:

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019: at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
    • PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    • RHP Zach Eflin (7-9, 4.16 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Musgrove (6-8, 4.31 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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