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Phillies need Nola to pitch like ace against Cards

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Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals have gone 16-6 (.727) against the Phillies at home since 2013, their second-best home record versus a single opponent in that span (16-4, .800 vs. Rockies, min. 10 games). Using the same games minimum, Philadelphia has only been worse against Cincinnati (3-16) on the road since 2013.
  2. The Phillies took two of three from the Nationals and have gone 6-2 since April 26. Philadelphia has outscored its opponents 48-29 in this span despite being outhit 73-69; the Phillies have a .356 on-base percentage since that date while holding opponents to a .310 OBP.
  3. Cesar Hernandez has reached base in every game that he has started since April 20, hitting safely in all but one of those games. He is hitting .346 in 14 games since that date with six extra-base hits (all doubles) after opening the season hitting .246 with five extra-base hits in his first 18 games.
  4. The Cardinals have lost four in a row after being swept by the Cubs in their most recent series. St. Louis averaged 2.8 runs over these four games immediately following a 10-1 stretch between April 20 and May 1 during which it averaged 5.8 runs.
  5. Paul DeJong picked up three hits, including a home run, in St. Louis' loss to the Cubs yesterday. DeJong is slashing .336/.403/.590 and is one of four players in MLB with a slash line of .330+/.400+/.550+, along with Cody Bellinger (.412/.486/.840), Christian Yelich (.346/.450/.804) and Hunter Dozier (.343/.446/.667) (min. 125 PA).
  6. St. Louis' Miles Mikolas allowed one run over six innings in his last outing, walking one batter; Mikolas owns a MLB-best 1.42 BB/9 since last season (min. 150 IP). Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez lasted only 3.2 innings against the Tigers but struck out seven batters, his third straight start with at least six strikeouts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/6/2019 thru 5/8/2019

Big things were expected of Aaron Nola this season after he went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the National League Cy Young Award balloting in 2018.

However, the Philadelphia right-hander hasn't yet resembled last season's version. The 25-year-old will take another shot at finding his form when the Phillies visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in the middle contest of a three-game series.

Opposing batters have a collective .299 average against Nola -- compared to .197 last season. Nola (2-0) owns a 5.06 ERA, down from 6.84 as he has allowed just two runs in 12 1/3 innings over his past two starts.

"Obviously I started off slow, really slow, and definitely not the way I wanted to start," Nola told reporters. "I feel like these last couple of outings I've kind of gotten it back together and back to kind of feeling like myself again.

"I feel like the experience helps, going through ups and downs and learning how to deal with those kinds of things."

Nola gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers in his last turn. But he allowed seven hits and walked three before being removed.

Nola lost his lone start against St. Louis last season as he gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings. Overall, he is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in four career outings against the Cardinals.

He has experienced mixed results against St. Louis left fielder Marcell Ozuna. Nola has struck him out 10 times but Ozuna is 6-for-19 with two homers.

The Cardinals smacked three homers while producing a 6-0 win in Monday's series opener.

Catcher Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot. Shortstop Paul DeJong also hit a two-run blast and Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer.

Carpenter's homer stood out to Cardinals manager Mike Shildt as the left-handed hitter slugged a knee-high pitch over the fence in left-center field.

It was the first homer since April 17 for the 33-year-old Carpenter and just his fourth of the campaign. His bat has shown life over the past three games as he has gone 6-for-14 to raise his average from .190 to .215.

"You could see it in BP," Shildt told reporters, referring to batting practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago last Friday. "You can kind of see it click a little bit.

"You see better passes at the ball and it is starting to translate into games. He knows himself. It's just a matter of time."

Prior to Monday's contest, Carpenter had this to say about his slow start: "Typically, when the weather warms up, that's when I warm up."

Philadelphia's Bryce Harper continues to struggle and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the opener to drop his average to .226. Harper is 3-for-26 over the past seven games.

The Phillies had just five hits on Monday and just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position. That came when Nick Williams bounced out with two on and two out to end the eighth.

Right-hander Dakota Hudson (2-2, 4.80 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cardinals. He has served up eight homers in just 30 innings.

Hudson lost Thursday to the Washington Nationals in his last turn despite allowing just two runs (one earned) and four hits over six innings. He won his previous two starts.

The 24-year-old has never faced the Phillies.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 7, 2019

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