ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies open up their National League Wild Card weekend series.
Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) will take the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies in Friday’s opener while José Quintana (3-2, 2.01 ERA) draws the start for the St. Louis Cardinals. Quintana’s recent pitching figures to be a significant factor in the Cardinals’ postseason run.
3 statistics to know before Cardinals-Phillies Wild Card game
First, some of Philadelphia’s biggest bats have had issues against Quintana in the past.
Second, sticking with pitching, Wheeler has had success in St. Louis during his career, posting a 2.52 ERA and 1.080 WHIP in four starts covering 25.0 innings. The Cardinals are hitting just .217 against him in 100 combined plate appearances under the Gateway Arch.
Third, Albert Pujols has 703 career regular-season home runs, but he also has 19 postseason home runs, including 18 as a member of St. Louis.
In his last two series in the postseason with St. Louis (in 2011 when the Cardinals won the World Series), Pujols smacked five home runs, including three in the World Series win over Texas.
Phillies starting lineup in Wild Card Game 1
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Rhys Hoskins, 1B
- J.T. Realmuto, C
- Bryce Harper, DH
- Nick Castellanos, RF
- Alec Bohm, 3B
- Jean Segura, 2B
- Bryson Stott, SS
- Matt Vierling, CF
Cardinals starting lineup in Wild Card Game 1
- Lars Nootbaar, RF
- Albert Pujols, DH
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
- Nolan Arenado, 3B
- Brendan Donovan, 2B
- Dylan Carlson, CF
- Corey Dickerson, LF
- Yadier Molina, C
- Tommy Edman, SS
What channel will broadcast the Cardinals-Phillies Wild Card game?
ABC will carry the St. Louis-Philadelphia Wild Card matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:07 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday. Michael Kay, Alex Rodriguez, and Alden Gonzalez will be the broadcast team throughout the best-of-three series.
How to live stream MLB Wild Card games
For baseball fans in North America, MLB.TV will not be available as a live option for watching the games. However, you can sign up for a free trial with fuboTV as an option to watch the MLB postseason.
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