Jaime Garcia (1-2, 3.73 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (14-14) meet Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 4.15 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (16-12) in the last of a four-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 5-4, and St. Louis leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 5 and will air on CSPh and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Garcia pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. Aledmys Diaz (.381, 21 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The Phillies were victorious the last time Eickhoff pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four in a 4-3 victory over the Indians. Odubel Herrera (.319, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Phillies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Cardinals -180 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.
The Cardinals are 2-1 against the Phillies this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Phillies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 2-5. The Phillies are 9-3 in close games this season.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 2-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 2-11. The Phillies have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, St. Louis has hit 40 this season. Philadelphia ranks 22nd with 24 home runs.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.32 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.46.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.649). St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .819.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 6-9. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have an 8-10 record.