By Jack Ryan
The Phillies hope to start a new winning streak tonight in St. Louis, and they are sending righty Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.55 ERA) to the mound. He is coming off seven shutout innings against the Nationals and he held the Brewers to just one run over seven innings two starts ago. He has given up six hits and struck out 14 during that stretch.
Ryan Howard, a native of St. Louis, entered Monday’s game with 21 career home runs against the Cardinals. His average of a homer every 11.14 at bats is the highest home run rate for any batter in MLB history against the Cardinals with a minimum of 150 at-bats.
Maikel Franco is hitting .667 (2-for-3) against Wacha with a double and an RBI. Heading into Monday’s game, Franco had reached base safely in every road game this season.