St. Louis Cardinals (12-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-12)
PHI: Severino Gonazlez (0-0, 0.00, MLB Debut)
STL: Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.33)
A note for today:
Alright you guys, let’s listen up. We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. If we win one tomorrow, that’s called a ‘winning streak’. It has happened before. – Lou Brown, manager, Cleveland
The Phillies look for their third win in a row, going head-to-head with the St. Louis. The Phillies’ Severino Gonzalez makes his MLB debut tonight taking on the undefeated Michael Wacha. Don’t be fooled by Wacha’s ERA: he is hittable. Wacha’s peripherals have taken a nose-dive early in the season (5.31 K/9 IP in 2015 v. 7.91 in 2014) and he has gotten pretty lucky (98.8 (!) LOB%, .206 BABIP) while posting the highest FIP of his career at 3.77.
The Phillies may want to temper their expectations, however, as Wacha has a pretty large reverse platoon split: right-handed hitters hit Wacha at 150 OPS higher than the opposite-handed lefties. This is the Phillies’ first go round versus Wacha and no players that have played on other teams currently with the Phillies have seen him before, either, making the game somewhat of a rarity in that nobody on either side of the line-up has seen the opposing pitcher in the Major Leagues.
Lineup: Revere LF, Herrera CF, Utley 2B, Francoeur RF, Howard 1B, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Gonzalez RHP