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Game Preview: Cards at Phillies (8/22/2014)

After a three game sweep of the Reds, the Cardinals are rolling into Philadelphia with hopes high for earning a playoff berth. As such, manager Mike Matheny has adjusted his rotation so that Adam Wainwright will pitch tonight and Shelby Miller will go tomorrow, setting up Waino to face the division rival Brewers next week.

The Pitching Matchup: Wainwright (15-7, 2.40 ERA) takes the mound tonight having won his last three decisions against the Phillies to the tune of a 2.77 ERA. Even though he has struggled a bit since the break, Waino is still in Cy Young contention and is the stopper of this pitching rotation. Wainwright has the lowest HR/9 percentage in all of baseball, and he has been worth an incredible 4.6 WAR in 2014. For his career, Wainwright has dominated the current Phillies’ lineup, holding them collectively to .258 average. However, Jimmy Rollins does have a .333 average against Waino in 27 at-bats.

For the Phillies tonight is 7-year vet Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.90 ERA). Kendrick has been a very average pitcher during his tenure in the major leagues, compiling a 69-66 record in just over 1000 innings pitched. He’s never been much of a strikeout pitcher but instead pitches to contact leading to the high volume of hits he has given up. Lefties also tend to hit Kendrick better than righties so look for Matt Adams to have a good day at the ballpark.

The Skinny: As long as the Cards’ bats don’t take the day off because their ace is on the mound, this game should extend the winning streak to five. However, while not spectacular, Kyle Kendrick is a proven professional pitcher so there is no certainty heading into this game.

The Lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter 3B
  2. Kolten Wong 2B
  3. Matt Holliday LF
  4. Matt Adams 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta SS
  6. Jon Jay CF
  7. Oscar Taveras RF
  8. Tony Cruz C
  9. Wainwright P

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