The Cardinals and Phillies take center stage on Sunday Night Baseball.
St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies (+106, 8.5)
GO WEST YOUNG MAN
Jake Westbrook's pristine start to the season was saved by the weather after his last outing against the Pirates was rained out; the righty gave up four early runs to Pittsburgh. Westbrook has not allowed an "official" earned run this season. He is just 1-1, though, as the unearned run he allowed against the Giants ultimately led to a loss. The Cardinals' starter faced the Phillies twice last season, getting rocked at home as he gave up six runs on May 24. He bounced back on August 11 against Philadelphia, allowing only a single run on four hits in just over seven innings of work.
CAN KENDRICK GET IT DONE?
Kyle Kendrick has been solid this season aside from his first start where he allowed five runs and eight hits in just over five innings pitched against the Royals. He followed that up with two solid outings against the Mets and Reds where he allowed two runs and 10 hits total. One of Kendrick's best starts last season came in St. Louis on May 26. He tossed a complete-game shutout, yielding seven hits.
The Cardinals and Phillies are both almost at full strength. St. Louis is without Rafael Furcal who underwent Tommy John surgery back in March. The Cardinals are also without pitchers Chris Carpenter and Jason Motte. Carpenter is dealing with a nerve condition in his throwing hand, arm, and shoulder. Motte's status is unknown as he deals with a torn ligament.
On the Philadelphia side, Ryan Howard is day-to-day with a tight right groin injury. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is almost done with his 25-game suspension, which will help a lineup that has struggled scoring at times. John Lannan is on the DL with a knee injury while Delmon Young is close to recovering from microfracture surgery on his ankle.
* The over is 5-2 in the Cardinals’ last seven Sunday games.
* Cardinals are 5-0 in Westbrook's last five road starts vs. a team with a losing record
* Phillies are 5-2 in Kendrick’s last seven home starts
* The under is 9-3-1 in Kendrick’s last 13 starts on grass.
HITTERS TO WATCH
Michael Young 11-for-27 vs. Westbrook
Jimmy Rollins 6-for-15 vs. Westbrook
Matt Holliday 2-for-18 vs. Kendrick
Carlos Beltran 7-for-26 vs. Kendrick