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Cards Head Back to Busch Looking to Stop 7-Game Skid

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Cards Head Back to Busch Looking to Stop 7-Game Skid

The Cardinals are back at Busch, after a less than impressive seven game road trip.  They played three games in Chicago and four in Cincinnati, and were swept both times.  The pitching was bad, the offense was bad, and the defense was also bad.  This seven game losing streak has them just a game ahead of the Pirates, for fourth place, in the National League Central.  The Cards have also fallen to 8.5 games back of the second wild card spot.  However, the Redbirds are back at Busch, for seven games, and will look to make up some of that lost ground.

Cards vs Phillies

In the first three game set, of two, on this home stand, St. Louis will face Philadelphia.  The Phillies have had a rough year of their own, again, and should provide the Cards an opportunity to get things back on track.  The first game will feature Michael Wacha (2-3, 4.67) and Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 4.50).  This matchup will take place at 7:15 CT tonight.

The second game will be held tomorrow.  On paper, the Cards will be the heavy favorite, in this game.  They will have ace Carlos Martinez (4-5, 3.29) face off against Phillies rookie Nick Pivetta (1-2, 5.18).  Though the Cardinals have struggled with this type of pitcher before, Pivetta has not yet pitched into the sixth inning, this season.  In five games, he has given up three or more runs three times, and has allowed opponents to hit .320.

Adam Wainwright (6-4, 4.82) will go against Aaron Nola (3-3, 4.28) in the third and final game, of the series.  Wainwright, though he struggled last start, has looked better of late.  Nola, has been just the opposite.  He went eight innings last time out, only allowing one run.  However, in his two previous starts, he allowed a combined nine runs, in nine innings.  This may be the most evenly matched game of the series, depending on which Cards offense shows up.

Cards vs Brewers

In the second series of the home stand, the Cards will take on the first place Brewers.  No pitchers have been announced for this series, at this time.  The series will open, after an off day Tuesday, with a day night double header.  The first game is a reschedule, from the May third rain out.  The next two games will be played on Thursday and Friday, at 7:15 CT and 6:15 CT, respectively.

This has the potential to be a very evenly matched series, depending on the Cardinals.  The Brewers, though they have played well this season, are just 5-5, in their last ten games.  This may be a good opportunity, for the Cardinals, to gain some ground on Milwaukee, as they trail them by 4.5 games, entering tonight’s action.