Phillies face an early season test with the Cardinals

Phillies visit the Cardinals for three-game set
The Phillies are on pace right now to win 93 games, but if they expect to contend deep into the postseason, then this week's series in Saint Louis with the Cardinals should be a strong indicator of where things stand.

The Phillies took two of three from the Nationals over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park, capped off with 7-1 win on Sunday.

“You look at our lineup, it’s deadly,” Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin said following Sunday's contest. “It’s a lot of fun to be able to pitch behind that.”

The Phillies enter Monday having won seven of their last 10 while averaging 5.2 runs per game. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are riding a four-game losing streak though they sit atop the NL Central standings at 20-14.

It'll be an interesting series pitting two of baseball's most high powered offenses.

“We’ve just got to hang around and hang around,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday. “Ultimately, we always have the ability to have a big inning. We have guys that can string hits together. We have guys that can walk. We have guys that can beat out double play balls like Segura did that keeps an inning alive.”

Vince Velasquez will start the opener for the Phils, aiming to bounce back from his last outing where he needed 99 pitches to get through just 3 2/3 innings in a loss at home to Detroit. The Cardinals counter with right-hander Miles Mikolas who surrendered one run over six innings in his most recent start against Washington.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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