ST. LOUIS- The Cardinals will try to capture a series victory over the Phillies when the two teams square off in the second of three meetings Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (6:05 pm CT, FS-M).
Michael Wacha will take the ball for St. Louis (32-37) in an attempt to recapture some of his form. The righty has struggled through his last 5 outings, logging just over 21 innings to the tune of an 8.86 ERA. Wacha is 3-3 on the season. Matheny and the Cardinals hope that a lessened workload between starts will allow him to have better control and feel for the baseball.
The Phillies (22-47) will hand the ball to rookie Nick Pivetta in hopes of snapping a 4-game slide. Pivetta tossed 7 shutout innings against Boston in his last start on June 15, scattering just 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9.
- The Cardinals are attempting to win their 5th straight game against the Phillies this season. St. Louis swept a three game series against Philadelphia at Busch Stadium June 9-11.
- Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler have continued to prove themselves as worthy table setters for the Cardinals. Both Fowler and Carpenter walked and scored to begin the 11th inning on Tuesday, where the Cardinals scored 7 runs en route to a series opening victory over Philadelphia. The 7 runs were the most for the Cardinals in any inning in any game so far this season.