Phillies v. Cardinals
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 36-20 when getting on the board first but just 21-52 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-59 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 44-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 32-27 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 36-18 when out-hitting opponents but 14-47 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 156-115 since 2005 in the month of August, the best record in the National League and second best in the majors behind only the Yankees in that span.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 438-322.
- Carlos Ruiz had a good night at the plate last night going 2-for-5 with a double that drove in two runs and his fourth steal of the season.
- Ryan Howard went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run before being lifted as Chase Utley replaced him at first base.
- Marlon Byrd had a decent night going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
- Jimmy Rollins put forth a strong effort going 2-for-6 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
- Utley was 1-for-6 with a run scored and his sixth stolen base of the season.
Place: 2nd in NL Central
Last 10: 8-2
- The Cardinals are 17-18 all-time at Citizens Bank Park and have lost five of their last seven series going 5-1-1 and 11-15 since 2007.
- They have not won a series at Citizens Bank Park since a three-game sweep in 2006.
- St. Louis has had great success against Philadelphia going 1,214-956 all-time.
- Four runs seem to be the key for the Cardinals as they are 55-18 when scoring four or more but just 15-40 when scoring three or fewer.
- Getting on the board first has proven to be beneficial for St. Louis going 55-20 when scoring first but 14-38 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- The Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 games and are 17-15 against the NL East this season.
- Matt Carpenter went 2-for-6 and drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning on a sacrifice fly.
- Kolten Wong also had a multi-hit night going 2-for-6 with a walk, a double and his 18th stolen base of the season.
- Jhonny Peralta's only hit of the night was a solo home run in the second inning.
- Matt Holliday was 1-for-5 with a walk, a double, an RBI and his third stolen base of the season.
- Oscar Taveras had a solid game going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored before being lifted as part of a double switch.
- In addition to six innings on the mound, Shelby Miller also went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
6-7, 5.64 ERA, 1.63 WHIP
Masterson, 29, allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings on Monday against the Reds. He is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA since being acquired from the Indians. In three career games (one start) against the Phillies, Masterson is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. All three appearances came at Citizens Bank Park.
3-5, 5.91 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
Williams, 32, allowed one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in seven innings in Monday's win over the Mariners. In nine career games (eight starts) against the Cardinals, Williams is 3-4 with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. In two career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.