Series Preview 8/19-21: Cardinals @ Phillies

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Beginning on Friday evening, the Cardinals and Phillies will play a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

In the series opener, Adam Morgan will toe the rubber for the Phillies. Morgan has made one start since returning from the Triple-A level and allowed two runs on five hits in the three-inning outing. Morgan’s counterpart will be Adam Wainwright, who is looking to rebound from his recent starts. Over his last eight innings, Wainwright has allowed thirteen earned runs and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5:6.

Jeremy Hellickson will get the nod in the middle game of the series. Hellickson has been one of the Phillies’ most durable hurlers this season, as he leads the team in several pitching statistics and ranks second in innings pitched. Over his last seven starts, Hellickson has posted a 2.70 earned run average and an 0.97 WHIP. He will be opposed by Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver, who will be making just his second major-league start. In his first start, Weaver logged four innings against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and allowed two runs, both on a home run.

The series finale will feature Vince Velasquez for the Phillies. Velasquez has had a rough go of it over his recent few starts, as Velasquez has been tagged for sixteen earned runs in 16.1 innings. As usual with Velasquez, his strikeout rate it always high. Over the aforementioned 16.1 frames, Velasquez has whiffed 22 batters. On the other side, it will be Mike Leake toeing the rubber. Like Velasquez, Leake has not been very sharp over his most recent starts, in which Leake has surrendered thirteen earned runs in seventeen innings.

Who’s hot?

Cardinals: Brandon Moss, first baseman. Moss is batting .300 over his last seven games, in which he has hit four home runs and drove in eight runs.

Phillies: Cesar Hernandez, second baseman. Hernandez is slashing a staggering .357/.455/.536 and has scored five runs over his previous seven games.

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