The Phillies try to build on their weekend sweep when they open up a three-game series in St. Louis, beginning tonight at 8:10 p.m. from Busch Stadium. The Phillies trail the Padres by 1 1-2 games in the NL Wild Card.
Preview: Ice ages envelop the earth in the time it takes these one-time division foes to meet during the regular season. Or so it seems. The Phillies took two-of-three from the Cards June 22-24. For some reason, my most vivid recollection of these teams meeting is at the beginning of the ’05 season in St. Louis, when Gavin Floyd retired 19-straight batters and lasted seven innings for the win, then the Phils blew up Chris Carpenter in the Sunday afternoon rubber match, taking the series 2-1. Kyle Kendrick (8-4, 4.02 ERA) did his best Gavin Floyd impression the last time he faced St. Louis, allowing one run over seven innings for the win. The 23-year-old right-hander was knocked from his last start after taking a line smash off his knee. He’s been given the green light; this will be his 18th start for the Phils. He’s opposed by right-hander Brad Thompson (6-5, 5.05 ERA).
Lineups: For Tony LaRussa's Cardinals, Thompson will bat 8th ahead of shortstop Brendan Ryan. Kelly Stinnett and Scott Spiezio also round out a very, very ugly lineup card for the home team. For the Phils, Greg Dobbs, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz get the call.
Notes: According to Phillies.com, manager Charlie Manuel says Adam Eaton's spot in the rotation is secure. J.D. Durbin, however, has shifted to the bullpen with Cole Hamels’ anticipated return.