Having appeared to lose their hitting stroke on the road, the Philadelphia Phillies are likely eager to return home.
They might not be quite as enthusiastic to face Adam Wainwright.
Looking to build on a sensational outing, the St. Louis Cardinals staff ace will try to continue his recent success against the Phillies in Thursday night's series opener.
Philadelphia (6-9) batted a respectable .259 in its first 10 games but hit .191 and was outscored 19-7 during a 1-4 finish to a six-game road trip. After getting edged 1-0 in the conclusion of a suspended game Wednesday in Cincinnati, the Phillies were blown out 11-2 later that night as part of a three-game sweep.
Leadoff hitter Ben Revere is 2 for 20 over the last five games, while No. 2 hitter Jimmy Rollins is 1 for 18 over the last six.
"Our game is not together," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It seems like ever since the season started, we've been out of whack. Things haven't been working for us."
Philadelphia has fared much ...