The Philadelphia Phillies have had a very lackluster first half of the 2012 season. Mainly due to injuries to key players, the Phillies find themselves in fourth place in the NL East, eight games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals. One of those key players, second baseman Chase Utley, is projected to make his first start of the 2012 season on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates do have the pitcher with the third-best ERA in the Major's in James McDonald (6-3, 2.19 ERA) going to the hill. McDonald is coming off a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on June 21, allowing only one run on six hits.
The Phillies on the other hand send pitcher Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84 ERA) to the hill. Valdes, normally a reliever, is being used with the Phillies' rotation being pushed up because of a doubleheader on Sunday. Valdes has made 12 appearances this season, allowing only three runs on eight hits in 14 and two-thirds innings, striking out 17 batters.
The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Citizens Bank Park. Television coverage will be provided by ROOT Sports and radio coverage will be provided by 93.7 KDKA FM.
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