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Spring Game Thread #3: Orioles at Phillies

The battle for the fifth starter’s spot rages on

Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

We all know that the fifth starter’s spot is up for grabs. The competition, as much as the coaching staff wants to frame it, is between Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez. In a perfect world, both would pitch well enough to earn the spot, but Pivetta’s debut (1 23 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 K) wasn’t the right foot to get started on.

Today, it’s Velasquez’s turn to show what he has learned over the winter. He’ll face the Orioles, so this shouldn’t pose too much of an issue for him. The lineups we’ll see are:

The game is NBC Sports Philadelphia, so you’ll have a chance to watch and chat about it.