Following a one-game series sweep in Baltimore, the Phillies carry their road trip to St. Louis
At the quarter-mark of the 2018 season, the Phillies are eight games above .500 for the first time since 2011. Through injuries and a managerial change, the 2018 Phillies are only a game back in the National League East.
Speaking of injuries, lefty Adam Morgan returns from the disabled list after missing a short-period of time with a back strain. Reliever Mark Leiter Jr. was moved to Lehigh Valley to make room on the 25-man roster after coming off the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Last year Mike Matheney’s Cardinals took five of six games from Philadelphia last year and swept them in St. Louis 16-7, which included a 7-0 game lost by Nick Pivetta.
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Now, they’re without their two top catchers with Yadier Molina and top prospect Carson Kelly both hitting the disabled list.
St. Louis brought up Steven Baron, who signed a minor league deal over the winter.
Date: May 17, 2018
First Pitch: 7:15 PM ET
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Busch Stadium
Pitchers: Luke Weaver (3-2 4.91 ERA) vs Vince Velasquez (3-4 5.05 ERA)
Radio Station: 94 WIP, WSAN AM 1470 WTTM 1680; KMOXX 1120
TV Channel: NBCSP; FS-M
Here’s everything you need to know for this afternoon’s game between Philadelphia and St. Louis.
- Cesar Herandez, 2B
- Aaron Altherr, RF
- Odubel Herrera, CF
- Rhys Hoskins, LF
- Carlos Santana, 1B
- Maikel Franco, 3B
- Scott Kingery, SS
- Jorge Alfaro, C
- Vince Velasquez, SP
Hernandez is 3-3 against Weaver with a home run coming on an 0-1 pitch to lead off the game on August 20, 2016.
That game was Weaver’s second career appearance in the big leagues.
- Tommy Pham, CF
- Jose Martinez, 1B
- Paul DeJong, SS
- Marcell Ozuna, LF
- Dexter Fowler, RF
- Jedd Gyorko, 3B
- Matt Carpenter, 2B
- Francisco Pena, C
- Luke Weaver, SP
Ozuna has seen plenty of Velasquez from his time with the Marlins, and his hitting .250 in 12 at-bats against the Phillies righty.
Jake Arrieta is scheduled to get the start Friday against Michael Wacha for an 8:15 start.