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Phillies vs. Cardinals preview

 Matt Carpenter leads the Cardinals in HR’s this season so far with 11

The Phillies move into a hot St. Louis to take on the Cardinals for a weekend series. Start is 8:15 PM EDT. The warmer weather that has moved into the midwest including St. Louis, will be the same heat that we get around the Philadelphia area over the weekend.

Earlier today an announcement from the Cardinals organization had news that Jhonny Peralta will be designated for assignment from the team. Kolten Wong has been activated for the Cards. He’ll be batting 8th tonight on his return. Once he clears waivers, Peralta can sign with any MLB team, but with his injuries of last season and his DL stays this season, along with a very low BA, it’s unclear who would need the 35-year old player. Read more about Jhonny here on MLBTradeRumors

The Cardinals are 26-32 on the season, 4th place in the NL Central. The are currently 4.5 GB behind the Brewers, Cubs, and Reds. The Cards are riding a 7-game losing streak going into tonight’s game with the Phillies. They have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games. A disastrous road trip saw the Cardinals get swept in Chicago at Wrigley for 3 games, then the Reds sweep the Cards in 4 straight games to follow.

This year so far, the Cardinals are 27th out of 30 teams in runs scored with 232. The Cards seem to have a much better pitching staff than their offense. The pitchers are sporting a team average ERA of 4.09 which is 9th in the league. Combined, Cards pitching has 33 quality starts which is tied for 3rd in the MLB.

Over 1.2M fans have watched or at least paid for Cardinals tickets this year, this compares with only 705K in home attendance for the Phillies so far on the season.

Jeremy Hellickson will pitch for the Phillies tonight, against Michael Wacha. A few Phillies have pretty good batting averages against Wacha career, Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco have both hit him. Herrera with a .400 BA against Wacha, and Franco is .429 against him.

Franco also set a brand new Phillies franchise record this year, with 2 grand slams hit in the month of April, the first Phillies player to do that. It’s kind of hard to believe after all these seasons but the Phillies press notes says it’s a franchise record. On this current roadtrip though he is batting .125 or 2-16, he would do well to improve that.

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