In the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (23-45) and the St. Louis Cardinals (23-45) at Citizens Bank Park, Phillippe Aumont (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Tyler Lyons (1-0, 5.00 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and will air on FSN-MW and NBC-10.
Aumont is making the start in place of Cole Hamels, who is out with a hamstring injury. Ben Revere (.280, 32 Rs, 16 RBIs, 17 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. The Cardinals were victorious the last time Lyons pitched. He had a good outing, pitching, going 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Royals. Matt Carpenter (.294, 40 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Philadelphia, a +155 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against St. Louis. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with a 19-40 record and have an overall money line of -1,908. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-9). Philadelphia's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.1 during that span, compared to its 4.7 season average.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Cardinals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .739 when playing as the favorite (34-12) and an overall money line of +1,839. The Cardinals will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, St. Louis's run production has dropped to 2.8 runs per game, compared to 3.0 for the duration of the season. Switching gears to St. Louis's pitching staff, they have the lowest ERA in the NL at 2.63. They have a WHIP of 1.20, fourth best in the MLB.
The Cardinals are 3-1 against the Phillies this season. The Phillies will take on a left-hander (Lyons) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 4-9. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the left-hander Hamels. They sport a 7-8 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Cardinals lost by a margin of one run. The Phillies are 9-12 in one-run games. The Cardinals have a 14-11 record in close games.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 5-3 record. The Phillies are 2-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Phillies have a 7-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 14-7. The Cardinals have a 30-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 206 this season. St. Louis ranks 24th with 255 runs.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 149 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 15th with 199.
The Phillies are 13-16 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 26-9 when they hit at least one homer.