Philadelphia Phillies (25-14) @ St. Louis Cardinals (23-17)
Monday, 7:10 Cliff Lee v. Jake Westbrook
Tuesday, 8:15, Roy Oswalt v. Jaime Garcia
ERA - 3.75 (11th)
WHIP - 1.35 (24th)
BAA - .260 (25th)
How long can Jaime Garcia keep this up? In the last two seasons, Garcia is 18-8 with a 2.50 ERA, including a 5-0 record so far in 2011. At some point Garcia might falter but it won't likely be against the Phillies. For his career Garcia is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA against the Phils.
On the other end of the pitching spectrum is the game one starter Jake Westbrook. Westbrook is struggling along with a 6.92 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. He's only faced the Phils once and did not have much success. The Phils touched him up for seven hits and four runs over 5 innings during a Phillies win last June.
As for the bullpen, our old friend Ryan Franklin is just a few more bad innings from being released. The one-time Phillies gas gan has an ERA approaching double digits. Unfortunately for the Phils, he's long since been removed from the end of the game and hard-throwing youngsters Mitchell Boggs, Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas have combined for ten saves.
AVG - .284 (1st)
OBP - .357 (1st)
SLG - .432 (2nd)
R - 217 (1st)
Albert Pujols is having a relatively down year, hitting in the .260's with seven homers and 24 RBIs. But opposed to the Phillies who have only one threat in their lineup, the Cardinals are still leading the league in numerous offensive categories because Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman are absolutely raking. Holliday is over .370 and Berkman has 11 homers and 34 RBI. Add to that solid contributions from the role players - Colby Rasmus (.305), John Jay (.298), Allen Craig (.289), Ryan Theriot (.285) and Yadier Molina (.289) - and you have one the strongest offense in baseball.