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As of right now the two teams have decent earned run averages. They are close to each other with the Pirates in second (2.63 ERA) and the Phillies in fifth (2.81).
Phillies: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Vance Worley, Joe Blanton
The rotation is not what it used to be, but it is still one of the best in baseball. Roy "Doc" Halladay is still Roy "Doc" Halladay. He doesn't need an explanation. All he needs is a little run support in games that matter. Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS is the perfect example of that.
If Cliff Lee's oblique does not bother him after the 15-day DL stint, he should have no problem. He tweaked it during his 10-inning game in San Francisco.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wasn't sure which pitch did it, but the injury leaves an opening for left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Kyle Kendrick will fill in for Lee on Monday night at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cole Hamels is back in the third spot in the rotation following the departure of Roy Oswalt. He is 2-1 right now and is on the right path. It is now a matter of staying on that path.
Vance Worley is coming off a great rookie season. Will the sophomore jinx get him? So far it hasn't. He is currently 2-1 as well.
Joe Blanton has never really been that great of a pitcher for the Phillies. He helped them win the World Series but has been pretty useless ever since.
Pirates: Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Correia, James McDonald, Charlie Morton
The Pirates rotation is not as good as the Phillies'. To be honest, Philadelphia's isn't that strong either. Right now, with A.J. Burnett out, it is hard to be Erik Bedard. Bedard is really the only pitcher who is capable of being consistent for the Buccos.
The Pirates, in all honesty, will only get anywhere because of their pitching. If Correia, McDonald and Morton can find some sort of rhythm, instead of putting up .500 seasons and above-five ERAs, the Pirates can possibly get above .500 on the season.
The numbers are also similar. The Pirates are sixth in bullpen ERA (2.37), and the Phillies are seventh in bullpen ERA (2.51).