Series Preview 5/2-5: Phillies vs. Cardinals


Meeting for the first time since June of 2015, the Phillies and Cardinals will square off at Busch Stadium in a four-game set.

Adam Wainwright will go for the Cardinals in the first game of the series. Wainwright’s last start showed improvement from his first four of the year, though he was not quite 100 percent. In 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks, Wainwright allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out five, his highest strikeout total for a start this year. Wainwright’s mound opponent will be Jeremy Hellickson, who tossed a fine game in his last time out for the Phillies. In seven-shutout innings against the Nationals, Hellickson allowed a mere two hits and struck out eight.

Michael Wacha will take the ball in the second game of the series for the Cardinals. Wacha’s last start came against the Diamondbacks. In that start, Wacha allowed three runs on five hits through seven innings. He did not receive any run support, nonetheless, and suffered the loss. Toeing the rubber for Philly will be Aaron Nola. Nola’s most recent outing came against the Nationals, and he pitched seven innings, allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out seven.

Mike Leake will go for St. Louis in the third game of the series, and he will be on the prowl for his first victory as a Cardinal. Leake went seven innings in his last start and allowed five runs on five hits and a walk to the Nationals. Pitching for Philadelphia will be lefty Adam Morgan, who the Phillies called up from Triple-A to replace Charlie Morton, who tore his hamstring. Morgan has made one start in place of Morton, which came against the Cleveland Indians. In the outing, Morgan held Cleveland to three runs through five frames.

Starting for the Cardinals in the fourth and final game of the series will be Jaime Garcia. Garcia’s last start was against the Nationals. He allowed four runs in the first inning, but he settled down enough to last 6 1/3 and did not surrender another run. Jerad Eickhoff will throw the ball for Philadelphia. Eickhoff pitched six innings against the Indians his last time out and allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four.

Who’s hot? 
PHI: Odubel Herrera, outfielder. In his last fifteen games, Herrera has batted .340 with four RBIs and three stolen bases.
STL: Matt Holliday, outfielder. Holliday has eight hits in his last 22 at-bats with 4 RBIs and three runs scored.
Both photos are credited to Getty Images. 

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