It'd be almost unfair to preview a shitty interleague series like mediocre Pirates/Orioles matchup and ignore the big National League throwdown between two 40-win teams. The division-leading Phillies head west to face the surprisingly proficient Cardinals for the first time this season.
Here are your pitching matchups:
Who would have thought that Kyle Lohse would be a solid number three starter behind Adam Wainwright and Todd Wellemeyer? The Cardinals have a deep pitching staff that's getting it done without mirrors; Lohse, Wainwright and Wellemeyer are among the top 20 NL starters in VORP, while Braden Looper just shut out the Reds.
The Phillies strength lies in their bullpen. Brad Lidge is poifect in save opportunities this season and has been set up well by the likes of Tom Gordon, Chad Durbin, and J.C. Romero.
Hey, if the Phillies are on the road, that means we can crash Shane Victorino and Kyle Kendrick's apartment! House party!!