by Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After splitting a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phillies welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Citizens Bank Park to open a four-game set on Monday night.
The Phillies will give the ball to right-hander Jonathan Pettibone in the series opener, the 22-year-old rookie will make his Major League debut as he takes the turn of the injured John Lannan.
In two starts at AAA this season, Pettibone was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. However, he had an outstanding 2012, going 13-8 with a 3.10 ERA while splitting the year between AA and AAA. In 159.2 innings last season, he allowed just nine home runs. Pettibone was a third-round draft pick of the Phillies in 2008.
The Pirates will give the ball to veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett, who has thrown the ball extremely well here in 2013 despite a 1-2 record. In 24 innings, he has allowed just 17 hits and 8 walks while striking out 35 batters. His ERA is 2.63.
Burnett is 6-9 in his career against the Phillies, with a 5.06 ERA.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Steve Degler, who broadcasts games on TV for AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley, to get some insight into what to expect out of Pettibone.
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