Cardinals Adam Wainwright will make the start in their first of three game series against the Phillies.
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WAINWRIGHT STRUGGLES OF LATE. WILL HE BRING BACK HIS "A" GAME FACING THE PHILLIES
St. Louis Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. They come into Citizens Bank Park with four straight wins of their six games on their recent road trip. The last these two teams played one another was at Busch Stadium, May 2-5, in a four game series. Cardinals were 3-1 in the first-half series.
This series begins Friday night, as the Cardinals had today off. Cardinals Adam Wainwright (9-7/4.72 ERA) facing Phillies LHP Adam Morgan (1-7/6.62 ERA). Reportedly, Morgan, who has been on the Day-to-Day injury list, is expected to make his start tomorrow night. He sustained a forearm contusion off a line drive in their game against the Colorado Rockies, Aug 14.
Wainwright holds a 3.06 ERA at home; but, on the road this season, he has seen better games. On the road he is 4-4/6.72 with 65.2 innings pitched. He's given up 11 HR/49 ER with issuing 22 walks and had 52 strikeouts. His last outing against the Chicago Cubs he was retired after 2 IP while 1 HR/7 ER with two strikeouts while issuing three free passes. The last he pitched against the Phillies was May 2, at Busch. He went six innings, allowed three earned runs while only fanning four. Wainwright had struggled in the early part of the season; but, slowly was getting his command and control back in sync. In July, he closed the month with a 1.77 ERA which included a complete three hit shutout over the Miami Marlins. However, in August, with three starts, one at home and two on the road, he holds a healthy 10. 38 average. This month he has given up 2 HR/15 ER/8-BB/11 SO in his total 13 innings pitched. So which Wainwright shows up will be a wait and see. Even though Wainwright has hit another rough spot in his season, he is quite capable of turning his game around. In my opinion, his Achilles injury sustained last season, which required surgery, is still an issue with balance; therefore, delivery.
Adam Morgan, looking to improve his 0-5 home record facing the Cardinals.
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Morgan is 0-5/6.81 ERA at home. He's been in eight of those games, with seven starts. He's given up 52 hits for 9 HR/28 ER/8-B/31 SO in 37 innings pitched. He has allowed his opponents a .327 BA. Having one year in the majors, he did pitch against the Cardinals at Busch on May 4. He only saw four innings, giving up three earned runs with three strikeouts for a 6.75 ERA. Four Cardinals have hit him well, Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty with a .333, the remaining two are currently on the DL. Rookie Aledmys Diaz (injured July 31) and Matt Holliday (August 11), both with right thumb fractures from HBP. Holliday had surgery on Wednesday. His expected return depends on who you talk with, GM John Mozeliak; or, Holliday himself who has set a goal for the latter part of September. Diaz, hairline fracture, is expected to return the first part of September. But, Morgan will not have to face the duo.
Both starters will be looking to improve their record. Cardinals will look to continue their winning streak. The Phillies are 4-2 in their last six games. They swept the Rockies; but, have been handed two losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their three game series. As they wrapped up their series Thursday night, the Phillies held off a sweep by L.A.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD
The Cardinals (64-56) sit two games behind the San Francisco Giants (66-54) in the Wild Card race; with, the Pittsburgh Pirates (62-56) and the Miami Marlins (62-58) still in the heat of the race.