Cardinals play the Phillies in first of 4-game series
Philadelphia Phillies (44-39, third in the NL East) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (45-40, second in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Friday, 8:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Zack Wheeler (7-4, 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 99 strikeouts); Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (6-6, 3.26 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 81 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -109, Phillies -109; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The St. Louis Cardinals host the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday to open a four-game series.
St. Louis is 24-16 at home and 45-40 overall. Cardinals pitchers have a collective 3.82 ERA, which ranks sixth in the NL.
Philadelphia is 44-39 overall and 20-18 in road games. Phillies hitters have a collective .421 slugging percentage to rank sixth in MLB.
Friday’s game is the fourth meeting between these teams this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Paul Goldschmidt has a .342 batting average to lead the Cardinals, and has 28 doubles and 19 home runs. Nolan Arenado is 14-for-39 with three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.
Kyle Schwarber leads the Phillies with 27 home runs while slugging .535. Nicholas Castellanos is 13-for-42 with a double, a home run and eight RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 4-6, .241 batting average, 3.83 ERA, outscored by six runs
Phillies: 6-4, .271 batting average, 3.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs
INJURIES: Cardinals: Johan Oviedo: day-to-day (undisclosed), T.J. McFarland: 15-Day IL (illness), Harrison Bader: 10-Day IL (foot), Jack Flaherty: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Genesis Cabrera: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Drew VerHagen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler O’Neill: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Yadier Molina: 10-Day IL (knee), Corey Dickerson: 10-Day IL (calf), Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Phillies: Ranger Suarez: 15-Day IL (back), Johan Camargo: 10-Day IL (knee), James McArthur: 60-Day IL (elbow), Zach Eflin: 15-Day IL (knee), Damon Jones: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Bryce Harper: 10-Day IL (thumb), Connor Brogdon: 10-Day IL (covid), Jean Segura: 60-Day IL (finger), Nick Maton: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Ryan Sherriff: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sam Coonrod: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Kent Emanuel: 60-Day IL (elbow), JoJo Romero: 60-Day IL (elbow)