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 21-51 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 14-46 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 156-114 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 438-321.
- Ben Revere had another great game at the plate last night going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
- Ryan Howard was solid at the plate for the Phillies going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
- Carlos Ruiz had a multi-hit night going 2-for-4.
- Chase Utley drove in a run on a groundout.
- Marlon Byrd hit a sacrifice fly that tied the game.
Place: 2nd in NL Central
Last 10: 7-3
- The Cardinals are 16-18 all-time at Citizens Bank Park and have lost five of their last seven series going 5-1-1 and 10-15 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 1,213-956 all-time.
- Four runs seem to be the key for the Cardinals as they are 54-18 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 seven of their last nine games and are 16-15 against the NL East this season.
- Matt Adams had a big blast in the third inning last night, a solo home run, and he also was on base with a walk.
- Matt Holliday ripped a two-run double and later scored a run.
- Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong each went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
- Oscar Taveras went 1-for-4.
8-9, 4.25 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
Miller, 23, allowed four runs on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work Saturday against the Padres. He has just one win dating back to June 14th including a stint in the bullpen. In two career starts against the Phillies, Miller is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has never pitched at Citizens Bank Park.
6-7, 4.25 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Giants. In one career start against the Cardinals, Buchanan allowed one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work in a win on June 19th. In seven career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.