Cardinals Try To Move Closer To NL Central Top Spot
The St. Louis Cardinals go for a second straight win when they face the host Philadelphia Phillies in the finale of a three-game weekend series on Sunday Night Baseball. St. Louis snapped a two-game losing streak with a wild win on Saturday, pulling to within a game of the top spot in the NL Central, currently held by the Milwaukee Brewers. Philadelphia had a two-game winning streak ended by Saturday’s loss and is in third place in the NL East, five games behind the second-place Atlanta Braves. Both teams have had their moments in this series, so be sure to check out our in-depth preview of the series finale before you make any bet online.
Cardinals Use Homer To Power To Win
The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the more potent lineups in baseball, and that was on full display on Saturday, as the team hit four consecutive home runs in the first inning – the first time in MLB history that has occurred – forging a 5-0 lead. But, as has been the case in this series, no lead is safe, and St. Louis needed a solo home run from Nolan Arenado in the ninth inning to pull out the wild 7-6 victory.
“It was really cool just being a part of that,” Arenado said about the first inning after Saturday’s win. “It was almost surreal. You didn’t really believe it. Those moments are special. I’m very thankful for them.”
Arenado has three home runs in the two games in this series after hitting just five in all of June. The All-Star third baseman is batting .291 with 20 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The NL MVP candidate is batting .346 to lead the majors, adding 26 doubles, 19 home runs, 65 RBIs (second in baseball) and 60 runs scored, which leads the National League.
Veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright will get the start. The 40-year-old is 6-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 76 in 91 innings. He got the win in his last start against the Miami Marlins on Monday, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing seven hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Phillies Able To Come Back From Early Deficit, Again
For the second straight game in this series, the Philadelphia Phillies found themselves down three or more runs before they scored their first run, having trailed 3-0 on Friday night before rallying for a 5-3 victory. Philadelphia was able to rally to tie the game at 5 by the third inning on Saturday but didn’t have enough to close out a second straight win.
Trying to get the team off to a better will be right-hander Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is 6-4 with a 2.89 ERA, striking out 94 in 81 innings. Wheeler took the loss in his last outing, facing the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, as he went 6⅓ innings and allowed three runs on five hits, including two home runs, while striking out eight and walking one.
Second baseman Yairo Munoz was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs in Saturday’s loss. Munoz has only played 12 games at the major league level this season but has two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored.
Outfielder Nick Castellanos was 2-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday, though he also struck out two times. Castellanos is batting .248 with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
Cardinals vs Phillies Head-To-Head
This series has been back and forth throughout, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals play the last few seasons. Philadelphia won the season series 4-3 in 2021, which was the third straight season in which these two teams played that they had the most wins (the teams didn’t play in 2020).
The Phillies have won the last three series played at Citizens Bank Park against the Cardinals, though all were by a 2-1 margin. The MLB lines for Sunday have that streak continuing, favoring Philadelphia to come away with the win.
Cardinals vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Cardinals (44-36) vs Phillies (41-38)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park
- Day/Time: Sunday, July 3, 7 p.m. ET
- Cardinals vs Phillies Live Stream: MLB.tv
Cardinals vs Phillies Betting Lines
|St. Louis Cardinals A. Wainwright -R||+1½ -155||+136||7½ -120o||3½ -105o
|Philadelphia Phillies Z. Wheeler -R||-1½ +135||-151||7½ Evu||4½ +110o
Cardinals vs Phillies Prediction
Both teams have had their moments in this series, with the St. Louis Cardinals getting off to fast starts before the Philadelphia Phillies catch up. We see another wild one on Sunday night, with the Cardinals having just enough to pick up the victory.
When making your MLB picks, take St. Louis to win on the road.