In the third of a four-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (13-14) and the Philadelphia Phillies (16-11) at Busch Stadium, Mike Leake (0-3, 5.83 ERA) and Adam Morgan (0-0, 5.40 ERA) take the mound. The Phillies won the last game 1-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and will air on CSPh and FSMW.
In his last start, Leake pitched 7.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Nationals. The Phillies were victorious the last time Morgan pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-3 victory over the Indians. Odubel Herrera (.311, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds are St. Louis -180 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Phillies won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 1-5. The Phillies are 9-2 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 8-5, while Philadelphia is 6-6.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 2-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 11-3. The Phillies have a 9-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, St. Louis has earned 153 this season. Philadelphia ranks 27th with 86 runs.
Ranking 24th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 70 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 94.
The Cardinals are 11-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 13-5 when they hit at least one homer.