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ST. LOUIS -- Going into the break, the Cardinals had rolled through a soft stretch of their schedule by winning seven of nine against the Marlins, Astros and Cubs.
The NL Central front-runners have what should be another cushy series this weekend that they need to take advantage of. After they face the NL West cellar-dwelling Padres, the Cardinals' schedule takes a turn for the tougher.
The Phillies, who have won 9 of 13 this month, follow San Diego into Busch Stadium. Though the Cardinals won't face Cliff Lee, they will see Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendricks.
Then the Cardinals head off on what could be called a playoff-preview tour with stops at Atlanta, Pittsburgh (for five games in four days) and Cincinnati.
After that trip, the Cardinals will be spending a lot of time at home playing division rivals. Of their final 52 games, 30 will be played at Busch Stadium. Of their final 69 games, 42 come against the division, including 14 against the second-place Pirates.
BEST OF MAXIM
Hamels’ early struggles hurt the Phils in their loss. (Photo: AP)
In their ongoing bid to be crowned the most inconsistent team in Major League Baseball history, the Phillies followed up their feel-good 13-8 beat down of the Mets last night by losing to the same hapless team 5-4 this afternoon.
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Cole Hamels looked to continue his recent string of success when he took the hill in New York Saturday, but the Phillies' ace struggled early in a 5-4 loss. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a solo drive to right off of Mets starter Zach Wheeler, the 198th of...
Philadelphia Phillies (49-48) vs New York Mets (41-51)
Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-1 3.54 ERA)
TIME: 1:10, Citi Field
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 93, cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Last night the Phillies jumped over the .500 mark for the first time since June 6, and today they will try to set their high water mark for the season at two games over...
Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) @ New York Mets (41-50)Pitching Match-Ups:Friday, 7:10 - KK vs. Jeremy HefnerSaturday, 1:10 - Cole Hamels vs. Zack "Not Chris" WheelerSunday, 1:10 - Cliff Lee vs. Matt Harvey Mets Bats: R - 376 (19th)AVG - .235 (28th)OPS - .680 (28th)Their offense is horrible, but have managed to outscore the Phillies, despite playing 5 fewer games. Marlon...
Picture by Andrew Gillen Baseball. Is. Back. After an All-Star Break that seemed to last a month and a half, the Phillies and the rest of Major League Baseball returned to regular season action. It was a disappointing showing for Cliff Lee and Domonc Brown on Tuesday night, but it...
Mets hope to get a better pitching performance today from Wheeler while they look to hang another loss on old pal Hamels. Game time is 1:10 PM.
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TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the other divisional staffs periodically. The completed number of games for the Phillies is at the end of the headline.
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Phillies (Cole Hamels, 4-11, 4.05) at Mets (Zack Wheeler, 3-1, 3.54)
Eric Young, Jr. – LF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Marlon Byrd – RF
Josh Satin – 1B
Juan Lagares – CF
Anthony Recker – C
Omar Quintanilla – SS
Zack Wheeler – RHP
After dropping their first game out of the All-Star break Friday night against Philadelphia, 13...