Michael Wacha (2-1, 3.07 ERA) and Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.55 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (13-13) and the Philadelphia Phillies (15-11) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 10-3, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and can be seen on CSPh and FSMW.
Wacha pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-0 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Aledmys Diaz (.403, 20 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Nola went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Nationals in his most recent start. Odubel Herrera (.310, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for St. Louis and Philadelphia are Cardinals -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Cardinals have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 8-5, while Philadelphia is 6-6.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with an 8-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 11-3. The Phillies have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, St. Louis has earned 153 this season. Philadelphia ranks 26th with 85 runs.
Ranking 24th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 67 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 93.
The Cardinals are 11-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 12-5 when they hit at least one homer.