Preview: Cardinals at Phillies
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[August 22, 2014]
The St. Louis Cardinals are playing
some of their best baseball of the season, and now their schedule is
about to get a bit easier. The Cardinals conclude August with 10 games
against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, the struggling Pittsburgh
Pirates and the last-place Chicago Cubs. St. Louis, which leads the
National League wild-card race and sits 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in
the NL Central, begins a soft stretch in its schedule Friday in the
opener of a three-game set at Philadelphia.
The Phillies took two of three from Seattle this week but still
have won just four times in their last 12 games. They will turn to
Kyle Kendrick, who has not earned a victory in nearly a month, in
the series opener versus the Cardinals. St. Louis, riding a 7-1 hot
stretch in its last eight games, will give the nod to ace Adam
Wainwright, who is aiming to become the majors' first 16-game
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Midwest (St. Louis), NBC 10
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40 ERA) vs.
Phillies RH Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.90)
Wainwright has a chance to win his first Cy Young Award this season,
but he needs to improve upon his first four starts this month. So
far in August, Wainwright is 2-2 with a 5.13 ERA, including a
seven-inning, four-run performance against San Diego in his last
outing. A couple of Phillies with solid career numbers against the
32-year-old include Jimmy Rollins (.333 average in 27 at-bats) and
Carlos Ruiz (4-for-13 with a pair of doubles).
Kendrick has worked more than six innings only one time in his last
eight starts. He gave up four runs in five frames against San
Francisco his last time out and struck out only one batter for the
second straight outing. Kendrick, who will turn 30 years on Tuesday,
has terrific career numbers against Cardinals star Matt Holliday
(2-for-21, no walks).
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1. No current Phillies player has ever homered against Wainwright in a
collective 155 at-bats.
2. Rollins, who went 2-for-5 in Wednesday's win over Seattle, is trying
to record multiple hits in back-to-back games for the first time since
the All-Star break.
3. The Cardinals' seven wins in their last eight games have come by an
average of 1.9 runs per game.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 8, Phillies 2
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