St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies meet for game two of their series between National League division leaders. The Phillies are -155 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals held the lead on Tuesday at the end of the seventh inning but by the end of the eighth they trailed by eight runs as it all came unraveled for them. Daniel Descalso had two hits and scored a run, Yadier Molina had a hit and scored once while Ryan Theriot and Skip Schumaker both drove in a run as part of the Cardinals five hit and two run offensive effort. Starter Kyle McClellan allowed five hits and a run to not figure in the decision as Trever Miller took the loss allowing a hit and two earned runs before the next four relievers allowed seven runs. For Wednesday Night’s game St. Louis starts Kyle Lohse who has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts. For the season Lohse has allowed 82 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 56 over 97 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball and while they trailed late on Tuesday, they never panicked. Carlos Ruiz had four hits, Chase Utley had two hits, Jimmy Rollins drove in a pair and Shane Victorino scored twice as nine walks and 11 hits led to 10 runs for the Phillies offense. Starter Roy Halladay allowed four hits and a run while striking out five over six innings of work to not factor in the decision as it was Michael Stutes who went from loser to winner with the Phillies rally in the eighth inning. For Wednesday’s game Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who is rolling, winning five of his last six starts. For the season Lee has allowed 95 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 111 in 104 innings of work.
St. Louis is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 2-8 in their last 10 overall, and 4-9 in Lohse’s last 13 starts against the NL East. Philadelphia is 8-1 in their last nine games against a right handed starter, 9-2 in their last 11 games overall, and 5-2 in Lee’s last seven starts and five days of rest. Philadelphia is 2-5 in their last seven games in St. Louis.
Cliff Lee has been everything they wanted when they went back out and brought him back this off season. He got off to a slow start this year but he is looking like his old self. I’m taking the under 7.5 runs.