CHICAGO - JULY 16: Starting pitcher Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 16 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Phillies 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Phillies look to get back on the right track against Jeff Karstens and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Who would of thought at this point the Pirates would be faring better than the Phillies? However, that's what the records say much to the chagrin of Philly fans.
Joe Blanton will look to get things turned around when he takes the hill on Monday night. Blanton has been very sub-standard thus far with a 6-6 record and an ERA north of five. The offense has been the main issue for Charlie Manuel's club, but Blanton certainly hasn't been helping the cause.
Opposing him will be Jeff Karstens, who is making his first start since April 17th. Karstens has been on the disabled list since that day due to a shoulder injury.
The Phillies are 34-40 and in desperate need of a string of wins. It won't be easy to get them against Pittsburgh, but the tide needs to turn at some point.
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