Philadelphia Phillies (49-50) @ St. Louis Cardinals (59-37)
Tuesday, 8:15 - Petite Bone vs. Shelby "Isn't That a Girl's Name?" Miller
Wednesday, 8:15 - John Lannan vs. Jake Westbrook
Thursday, 7:15 - KK vs. Lance Lynn
Red Birds Bats:
R - 477 (4th)
AVG - .276 (2nd)
OPS - .751 (6th)
They Cardinals offense is loaded- NL batting leader Yadier Molina/C (.336/.867), elderly, but still awesome Carlos Beltran/RF (.306/.865), the underrated duo of Matt Carpenter/2B (.325/.903) and Allen Craig/1B (.332/.863), and the steady Matt Holliday/LF (.268/.800). Their bench is solid too with Matt Adams/UTL (.301/.876) and Daniel Descalso/UTL (.276/.762). Their only true weakness is shortstop, where Pete Kozma (.237/.576) gets most of the at bats.
Red Birds Arms:
ERA - 3.42 (4th)
WHIP - 1.21 (4th)
The Phillies are lucky enough to miss possible Cy Young Adam Wainwright's turn in the rotation, but the 3 other starting pitchers going at them aren't slouches. Miller (2.92/1.12) is making good on all his prospect hype. Westbrook (2.88/1.40) continues to keep a low ERA with smoke and mirrors. Lynn (4.13/1.27) is inconsistent, but can be a shutdown pitcher at times. Their bullpen created a closer this year when the incumbent Jason Motte was lost to Tommy John Surgery, as Edward Mujica (2.11/0.75, 25 SV) stepped in to do an admirable job. The rest of the relief corps make scoring difficult once the starter has been lifted, with Kevin Siegrist, Keith Butler, Trevor Rosenthal, Randy Choate, and Seth Maness has rocking ERAs of 2.48 and lower.
What do you get when you take a juggernaut offense with a good pitching staff versus a team with a putrid offense and sack of shit pitching staff? A sweep! Phillies are not a good team. Reality bites.