Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes
How to Watch
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
When: Tuesday, May 7th at 7:45 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): Phillies TV/Radio: NBCSP, WIP 94.1 FM. Cardinals TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM.
The Phillies are beginning to feel comfortable with 19 wins in their first 33 games for a first-place hold on the NL East.
Away from Citizens Bank Park, Philly has yet to catch fire with just five wins against seven losses in their opening 12 contests.
The Phillies currently have 6-1 odds to win the National League and 15-1 to take the World Series for the 2019 season.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are on fire at Busch Stadium with 12 wins in their first 16 games.
St. Louis loves hitting at Busch with a .277 home batting average, tops in the National League.
The Cardinals are at 7-1 odds to win the NL title and 15-1 to take the World Series crown.
Phillies: Aaron Nola (2-0, 5.06 ERA)
After his top 3 Cy Young Award finishes in 2018, Nola struggled to find his groove early in the year, but lately, he has been golden against two inferior opponents.
Against Detroit and Miami, Nola has posted two starts totaling 12.1 innings and allowing just two earned runs.
- On the season, the Phillies right-hander has had two starts on the road and five at home.
- On the road this year, Nola has allowed nine earned runs in 8.2 innings.
- In 2019, Nola has given up 44 hits and 16 walks for 60 baserunners in 37.1 innings.
St. Louis Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (2-2, 4.80 ERA)
The Cardinals rookie starts for the seventh time this season with his last outing being the best of his brief career.
Against Washington on May 2nd, Hudson threw six innings allowing only one earned run.
- In the start against the Nationals, Hudson struck out seven in his six innings.
- This season, batters are hitting .301 against the Cardinals righty.
- In his 30 innings in 2019, Hudson has been rocked for 8 homers.
The Phillies offense has struggled on the road in 2019, hitting 80 OPS points lower on the road compared to their OPS at home.
On the road this year, the Phillies have hit .256, scoring 52 runs in 12 games for an underwhelming 4.3 runs per game average.
- No active Phillies hitter has faced Hudson in their career.
- Against right-handers, Philadelphia has hit 33 of their 41 homers this year.
- The Phillies hitters have posted a .253 batting average against righties in 2019.
St. Louis Cardinals
Against right-handed pitchers in 2019, the Cards are feasting with a .276 average and 34 of their 41 homers this season.
In 2019, the Cards are hitting better at home than on the road in all four hitting metrics; BA, OBP, SLG, and OPS.
- OF Marcell Ozuna is 6 for 19 lifetimes off the Phillies starter with two homers and six RBI.
- OF Dexter Fowler welcomes batting against Nola, as he has posted a 4 for 7 hitting mark with two homers and four RBI.
- SS Paul DeJong is 1 for 3 against the Philly right-hander in his young career.
- OF Odubel Herrera was activated on Sunday from the IL, with Aaron Altherr DFAd to create room on the roster.
- RP David Robertson still feels soreness in his right elbow and remains on 10-day IL.
- SS Scott Kingery is running as he rehabs his hamstring pull with no set date for his return from the 10-day IL.
St. Louis Cardinals
- Carlos Martinez began his rehab stint with one inning pitched in Peoria. His return date is a few weeks away as he builds arm strength
- Tyler ONeill was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Luke Gregerson.
- Luke Gregerson returned to an MLB game for the first time in over a year last week after rehabbing the shoulder injury that cost him most of 2018.
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