(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals haven't visited Philadelphia since defeating Roy Halladay and the Phillies in Game 5 of last October's NL division series.
While there doesn't figure to be nearly as much intrigue surrounding this weekend's three-game set, a matchup between Halladay and Kyle Lohse could make for a competitive series opener Friday night.
While defending World Series champion St. Louis (61-51) finds itself in playoff contention again, it's been a different story for Philadelphia (50-61) in 2012.
The five-time reigning NL East champs sit at the bottom of the division, and after moving Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino before the non-waiver trade deadline have all but given up on their season.
Philadelphia's struggles have been partially due to several key injuries, with Halladay's possibly the most costly. The Phillies were two games above .500 on May 27 before Halladay (5-6, 4.02 ERA) was forced from an 8-3 loss at St. Louis after giving up four runs - on a grand sla...