Adam Wainwright (1-3, 7.16 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 3.81 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (12-13) and the Philadelphia Phillies (15-10) at Busch Stadium. The Phillies come into this series riding a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and can be seen on CSPh and FSMW.
Wainwright pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in an 11-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Hellickson went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 3-0 win over the Nationals in his most recent start.
The odds for St. Louis and Philadelphia are Cardinals -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Phillies won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 1-4. The Phillies are 8-2 in close games this season.
Philadelphia has won 55% (6-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 58% (7-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 a 7-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 2-10. The Phillies have a 4-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 21 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 35 home runs.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.44 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 9.52.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.658). St. Louis ranks in the top five with an OPS of .821.
The Phillies are 6-8 when they allow at least one home run. The Cardinals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 7-9 record.