Phillies welcome Cardinals for series at Citizens Bank Park

Phillies host the Cardinals
After a bizarre series in Milwaukee where the Phillies were walloped on Friday night but came away with a series win, the club looks to build on consecutive wins while welcoming the St. Louis Cardinals to Citizens Bank Park.

Both clubs enter play on Monday with identical 37-32 records. The teams split a four-game set last month at Busch Stadium, and both sit in third place in their respective divisions.

Nick Pivetta gets the nod for the Phillies in the opener, aiming to bounce back after a rough start to June. He has an 8.36 ERA and opponents are hitting .352 with a .940 OPS against him through three starts this month. He allowed six runs, eight hits, and three walks in five innings of a 7-2 loss Wednesday against Colorado.

The Cardinals counter with right-hander Miles Mikolas (7-2, 2.43). In his last outing, he surrendered three runs and six hits in six innings against the San Diego Padres in a 4-2 loss Tuesday.

The Cardinals come to Philadelphia having lost five of their last seven contests.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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