Phillies aim to keep winning ways alive in St. Louis

Phillies road trip continues into Saint Louis
Aquarter of the season in and the Phillies appear to be a quality ballclub on pace to make things interesting come September. Fresh off a win in Baltimore, the club touches down in St. Louis eight games above .500, a mark the organization hasn't seen since 2011.

"Look at the talent we have," Nick Williams told reporters following Wednesday's 4-1 win at Camden Yards. "We have young guys that want to make an impact, not just for themselves but for the team. We love winning. Some of the guys in here were part of the team last year and it can be tough. We have this youth movement and we're all loving it."

The Phillies enter tonight having won seven of their last 10 and sit a game behind the Braves in the NL East standings. The recent success is a byproduct of a combined 1.29 ERA from starting pitchers over the last nine games.

Vince Velasquez takes the hill tonight, coming off an outstanding outing last week where he whiffed 12 over six innings in a win over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park. The Cardinals counter with righty Luke Weaver who finds himself clawing to stay in the rotation as he's tossed six complete innings only twice over eight starts.

He's Back
The Phillies activated Adam Morgan from the 10-day disabled list earlier today. The lefty went on the disabled list with a back strain May 7. Through 17 appearances this year he has a 2.45 ERA.

Tonight's Starting Lineup
1 Cesar Hernandez 2B
2 Aaron Altherr RF
3 Odubel Herrera CF
4 Rhys Hoskins LF
5 Carlos Santana 1B
6 Maikel Franco 3B
7 Scott Kingery SS
8 Jorge Alfaro C
9 Vince Velasquez RHP
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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