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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, May 29, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 30,486

Phillies host Cardinals, aim for 2nd straight win

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St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Phillies took two of three at St. Louis three weeks ago, with all three games decided by at least five runs. Philadelphia won the last two games of the series by a combined 16-1 score; in 2018, neither team won consecutive games in the series.
  2. After starting the season 20-10, the Cardinals have gone an NL-worst 6-16 since May 2. St. Louis would drop below .500 with a loss on Tuesday; in only one of the past 11 seasons (2017) did the team have a losing record at any point after Memorial Day.
  3. The Phils were held to one hit in Sunday's loss at Milwaukee on the heels of a four-game stretch in which the team totaled 48 hits (at least 11 in each game). Philadelphia seeks a fourth straight home victory, which would match a season high (done in the team's first four home games of the season).
  4. Through 2015, Paul Goldschmidt was a career .231 hitter at Citizens Bank Park, with an OPS of .882. In nine games in Philadelphia between 2016 and 2018, Goldschmidt hit .349 (15-for-43) with four doubles, three homers and a 1.015 OPS.
  5. Over the Phils' last 10 games, Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura -- typically the 1-2 hitters in the lineup -- have combined to hit .329 with a .418 on-base percentage, 13 extra-base hits, 17 runs and 15 RBI. During that same span, Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins have a combined .243 average with 14 RBI.
  6. Adam Wainwright has 152 career wins -- one away from tying Bill Sherdel for fourth on the Cardinals' all-time list. Jean Segura (10-for-22, .455) and Bryce Harper (9-for-20, .450) have the top two career batting averages versus Wainwright among active players (minimum 20 at-bats).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/28/2019 thru 5/30/2019

The Philadelphia Phillies will look for their second consecutive victory when they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Prized free agent acquisition Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs for his 10th game this season with multiple RBIs in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. Harper, who had been struggling making contact in recent games, raised his average to .232.

"I have zero concerns on Bryce Harper," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Phillies will hand the ball to right-hander Aaron Nola, who's 5-0 with a 4.53 earned run average this season. Nola has a 2.76 ERA over his last six starts compared to a 6.84 ERA over his first five starts.

Nola has struck out 18 over his previous 11 1/3 innings.

In Nola's last start Wednesday at Chicago, he tossed 5 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and three runs in a 9-7 victory. Nola appeared to be able to continue, but was surprisingly pulled by Kapler.

"Sure, Noles being who he is, could have gotten through that inning," Kapler told reporters. "But we don't have the ability to have the alternate universe and see what could have happened."

Nola is 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.

The Phillies remain in first place in the National League East with a 32-22 record yet the bullpen continues to be inconsistent. After scuffling badly in the series finale Sunday at Milwaukee, the bullpen was stellar against the Cardinals.

Edgar Garcia, Seranthony Dominguez and Hector Neris combined to allow just one hit in four shutout innings. Neris earned the save Tuesday for his 10th in 10 chances.

Andrew McCutchen started in center field Tuesday and Nick Williams, who was just recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, started in left largely because Odubel Herrera was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. Herrera was arrested Monday in an alleged domestic violence incident at an Atlantic City casino.

The Cardinals are 7-17 in the month of May after going 19-10 in March and April.

Third baseman Matt Carpenter went 0 for 4 on Tuesday and saw his average dip to .218. The Cardinals had only four hits combined, which has been an issue through their struggles this month.

"The guys in this room are the last ones to worry about stuff like that," Carpenter told reporters about the lack of wins this month. "Sometimes, the city, the fans, even the staff or front office can get a little concerned when things aren't looking the way they should. But the guys in this room haven't lost the idea that we know we're a great team."

The Cardinals will give the ball to 22-year-old Genesis Cabrera for his major league debut. Cabrera will step into Michael Wacha's spot in the rotation.

Cabrera was 2-3 with a 6.35 ERA at Triple-A Memphis. He had seven starts and two relief appearances.

"The reports we've gotten from Memphis have been very positive," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "We trust our player development group and our front office and that was the recommendation and we follow it."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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