April 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) is greeted at home plate by third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) after Beltran scored a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Series Outlook: Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies.

Two of the National League’s premier franchises hook up in a 4 game series this weekend at Citizens Bank Park in Philly. After splitting a rain shortened series in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals head out to the city of brotherly love for a date with the Phillies. The Phillies are no longer the dominant team in the National League, but don’t let that fool you, they are still a solid team that can contend. This should be a great series, you’ve got two offenses with big hitters in the middle of the lineup that can really do damage. You’ve got some decent pitching match ups, and you’ve got two of the best fan bases in baseball in my opinion going at it.

The best pitching match up of the four games will be tonight when Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright faces off against the Philly southpaw Cole Hamels. Adam will be looking to build off of his complete game shut out that he threw against the Brewers last Saturday at Busch Stadium. On Friday the Cards will send to the hill Jaime Garcia to face the veteran Doc Halladay who has been known recently for how bad he’s pitching. Saturday it’ll be Lance Lynn facing off against the Philly lefthander Cliff Lee. Sunday Night’s Game will be this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN and it’ll see Jake Westbrook going up against the right hander Kyle Kendrick.

The big thing with the Phillies right now is of course Doc Halladay’s struggles. Plus there is the fact that the offense finished up their recent road trip batting .191 and were demolished by the Reds on Wednesday Night losing 11-2 as the Reds finished off a sweep of the Phils. The Phillies are down right now, here’s hoping the Cardinals can pounce on that and get a series win at the Bank.

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