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Phillies again try to overcome storms and Cards on Wednesday night



The Phillies and Cardinals will try once again to battle severe storms and tornado watches to get in Wednesday night’s game. (Matt Veasey)

The Philadelphia Phillies (32-22) and Saint Louis Cardinals (26-27) will once again be trying to duck major thunderstorm activity and tornado watches as they try to get in the second game of their series at Citizens Bank Park in South Philly on Wednesday night.

Tuesday night’s opener experienced the same weather conditions. Following a delay to the start time of nearly an hour, the two teams began play. Despite rains that came at times during the game, the action was never stopped, and the Phillies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 victory.

These two teams are headed in completely opposite directions entering tonight’s game. The Phillies under Gabe Kapler have won eight of their last 11, and are 19-10 over the last month. They lead the NL East by 2.5 games, three in the loss column.

The Cardinals have now dropped 17 of their last 23. In that stretch, Mike Shildt’s club has fallen from three games up in first place to their current standing at four games out in fourth place in the NL Central.

 

WEDNESDAY STARTING LINEUPS

PHILLIES LINEUP

  1. Andrew McCutchen LF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto C
  6. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  7. Scott Kingery CF
  8. Maikel Franco 3B
  9. Aaron Nola P

CARDINALS LINEUP

  1. Dexter Fowler RF
  2. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  3. Paul DeJong SS
  4. Marcell Ozuna LF
  5. Matt Carpenter 3B
  6. Matt Wieters C
  7. Yairo Munoz 3B
  8. Harrison Bader CF
  9. Genesis Cabrera P

INJURY REPORT

CARDINALS: Two relievers, lefty Brett Cecil and righty Mike Mayers.

PHILLIES: Roman Quinn came up “sore” as he tries to come back from a right groin strain. His activity will be scaled back now for a bit. As reported here at Phillies Nation earlier today, Adam Morgan joined the long list of bullpen injuries that also includes David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos. None will be back for this series, and all are likely out until some point in June or later.

 

SHIBE VINTAGE SPORTS STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

  • Aaron Nola: 5-0, 4.53 ERA, 1.543 WHIP, 64 hits allowed over 57.2 IP across 11 starts with a 66/25 K:BB ratio.
  • Nola is 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA over five career starts vs the Cardinals. He has allowed just 20 hits over 31.1 innings with a 34/7 K:BB vs Saint Louis.
  • Genesis Cabrera: this will be his MLB debut. Numbers at AAA: 2-3, 6.35 ERA, 1.563 WHIP, 43 hits allowed over 39.2 IP across nine games (seven starts) with a 39/19 K:BB ratio

 

PHILLIES NUGGETS PREGAME NOTES

  • Phillies lineup features the top three players in walks in the National League in Rhys Hoskins and Andrew McCutchen (38 each) and Bryce Harper (37). The Phillies are averaging 4.04 pitches per plate appearance, tops in the National League and 3rd in MLB. Individually, Hoskins leads all players at 4.65 pitches per plate appearance. McCutchen ranks second at 4.48 pitches per plate appearance.
  • The Phillies fell behind yesterday by 3-0 before rallying to a 4-3 victory. They are now 11-17 on the season when the opposition scores first.
  • Per Statcast data, the average fastball velocity for reliever Seranthony Dominguez is 97.3 mph, tied for 13th among the 590 pitchers who have worked in MLB this season. Dominguez has struck out 18 of the 53 right-handed batters (34%) he has faced in 2019.
  • Cesar Hernandez is tied with Ozzie Albies of the Braves for the lead among all Major League Baseball second basemen with 59 hits.

 

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