2013 MLB Season:Philadelphia Phillies vs.
Pittsburgh PiratesJuly 02, 2013 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates plays the Philadelphia Phillies in a 3-game series at the PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05PM ET.

The Pittsburgh Pirates owns the MLB best record with 51 wins and 30 losses. Pittsburgh will try to win their 10-straight game in nine years. The Pirates' juggernaut could be attributed to their pitching rotation. They have the best ERA in the MLB with 3.11. Their starting pitchers have a 3.30 ERA while their bullpen boast a 2.84 ERA.

With three of their starting pitchers in the disabled list, the Pirates' rotation of Jeff Locke, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton have all stepped up to ascend the team on top of the NL Central.

The Philadelphia Phillies' struggles continue against the top caliber teams in the National League. They are 9 ½ games out of first place in the NL East with a 39-44 record.

Philadelphia must start to win every series before the All-Star before for them to have a chance to play in the playoffs. It would be hard to chase the NL East leader Atlanta Braves but they do have an equal shot for a wild card berth.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Pittsburgh Pirates as the favorite to win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.