The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies face off in Game 2 of the best-of-three Wild Card Series on Saturday. In Game 1, the Cardinals held a late 2-0 lead, but then fell apart in the ninth inning, and the Phillies took a 6-3 victory. That means the Phillies are one win away from progressing to the NLDS and the Cardinals face a playoff game in the second contest of the series.
The winner of this series will advance to the best of five series in the National League Division to face the NL East champions Atlanta Braves.
You can view the full playoff schedule by clicking here, and. Now let’s get to the important stuff for Game 1.
How to watch
Date: Saturday October 8 | Time: 8:37 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, Missouri)
TV channel: ESPN 2 | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: STL+100; PHI-120; O/U: 6.5
Starting pitchers: RHP Miles Mikolas (12-13, 3.29 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA)
Featured Game | St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Mikolas gets the call with the Cardinals’ season on the line. He played the Phillies once during the regular season, on July 11, and he came off very well: one run on six hits in 7-1 /3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. The Phillies’ offense this season hasn’t done as well against right-handers, but they sure do have two dangerous left-handed power bats in the roster — Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber — who can dictate some early decisions, depending on the situation. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has three left-handed relievers on his roster for this series. On the other side, the Phillies other ace, Nola, gets the call. Nola struggled in his only start against St. Louis this season, as he allowed five runs in seven innings against Mikolas on July 11.
It should also be noted that the Cardinals will surely be without Ryan Helsley closer in Game 2. Not only did he throw 33 shots in the Game 1 loss, but he also underwent an MRI after experiencing numbness in his middle finger. his throwing hand.
We’ll say Mikolas is taming the Philadelphia bats and the Cardinals are able to knock out a few against Nola to force a game-breaking third game on Sunday.
Take: Cardinals 2, Phillies 1