Phillies (40-45) at Pirates (52-31)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
This is going to be another awesome day at the ballpark – PNC will be packed again as Pittsburgh celebrates the Fourth of July and the first place Pirates. The Bucs will look to take the series against the Phils and maintain the best record in baseball. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) vs. Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70)
I have no idea what’s happened to Hamels this season. Eleven losses and an enormous ERA – the lefty has been having a very rough season, especially by his standards. The Pirates beat him in April, but he pitched pretty well in that game.
Cole will look for a 5-0 start, although he’s only really ben excellent in one of his outings (at Los Angeles) in my opinion. Still, the righty is more than holding his own at the big league level so far and everyone is always going to be excited to see him pitch.