With more interleague games during the 2013 MLB season, teams have more opportunity to play others outside their respective league.
For the Philadelphia Phillies, they get to play the Cleveland Indians in a home-and-away two-game series this week. The two games at Cleveland did not go so well, with Philadelphia getting trounced 14-2 and 6-0. Jonathon Pettibone looks to end Cleveland’s success against Philadelphia Tuesday.
So far this season, Pettibone has been a solid starter. He has appeared in four games and is 2-0 on the season with a 3.63 ERA. His longest start lasted 6.1 innings, and he has been a solid injury replacement for John Lannan.
If the Phillies are going to beat a streaking Indians club, Pettibone will need to bring his “A” game tonight. The Indians are ranked in the top 10 for batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and runs scored. They have a dangerous lineup, and their bullpen has been just as dominant this year as well.
Pettibone will need to last at least six innings tonight to give the team a fighting chance. The Phillies’ bullpen has not done a very good job of preserving leads this season. If the Philadelphia bats can come alive tonight like they did in their last game on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, then the Phillies might be able to end their current losing streak against Cleveland.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m ET, with Pettibone and the rest of the team are looking for just their first win against Cleveland this season.