Carlos Martinez (2-0, 1.35 ERA) and Aaron Harang (2-1, 1.37 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (13-6) and the Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 11-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 29 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and FSN-MW.
Martinez is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his appearances against the Phillies, and goes up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is batting just .222 this season. Matt Carpenter (.380, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Harang is 7-15 with a 4.27 ERA against the Cardinals in his career. He takes on a quality St. Louis offense that's batting .269. Freddy Galvis (.368, 9 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
St. Louis is a -170 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +478 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 9-4. St. Louis is an impressive 6-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.34. The Cardinals are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.10 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Philadelphia has a 7-10 record and an overall money line of -252. Philadelphia is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 6.6 per game, ranking second in the NL.
The Cardinals have a great 5-1 record at home (11-4 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Harang takes the mound. Martinez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 6-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Under
For the seventh time this season, the Phillies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Cardinals and the Phillies are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Phillies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 9-5. The Phillies have a 5-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 58 this season. St. Louis ranks 20th with 78 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 50 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 15th with 61.
The Cardinals are 7-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 3-4 when they hit at least one homer.