The Philadelphia Phillies have announced their pitching plans for the NL Wild Card Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The series will get underway tomorrow afternoon at Busch Stadium and the Phillies will be sending a guy who’s had great success against the powerful Cardinals in recent years to open the series.
Zack Wheeler will be the Game 1 starter for the Phils.
Over the past three seasons, Wheeler has started three games against the Cardinals, allowing just one run in 22 innings and posting an 0.68 WHIP.
It is unknown at this point who the Cardinals will be sending to the mound to counter Wheeler.
Zack Wheeler’s faced the Cardinals 3 times since the start of 2021, allowing 1 run in 22 innings with a 0.68 WHIP. He starts Game 1 Friday in St. Louis.
— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) October 5, 2022
Wheeler Set For Game 1 At Busch
This could give the Phillies a big advantage.
Wheeler has especially had great success at Busch Stadium.
Twice in as many years, he’s beaten the Cards at home, despite Adam Wainwright pitching a complete game in both of those Cardinal losses.
He went seven scoreless against the Cards in Philadelphia on July 3 this year and did it again five days later in St. Louis.
It’s safe to say Wheeler has had the Cards’ number over the past several years.
At the same time, the Phillies will be starting this series on the road in front of a raucous crowd at Busch Stadium.
That advantage will rest with St. Louis, who again, have yet to announce who their Game 1 starter will be.
But the pitching matchup may still be in Philadelphia’s favor.
Of course, anything can happen in the postseason.
But with Wheeler starting, Game 1 bodes well for the Phils.
It should be an exciting series, regardless of who wins.
Game 1 will get underway at 2:07 p.m. ET.
We’ll see how it all plays out.