Philadelphia Phillies vs St Louis Cardinals MLB Betting AnalysisTime: Thursday, 1:45 p.m. ET Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis National TV: MLB Network Opening line: Cardinals -155, Phillies +145 (7.5 runs)
“I don’t think I can remember another pitcher injuring his Achilles at bat.” –Adam Wainwright — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 28, 2015The Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) had their time in the sun a few years back, reaching back to back World Series in 2008 and 2009. They won one and lost one, and then slowly started to dismantle the team that had brought so much success to the city. Heading into this season, it was widely accepted that they would not be competitive. Pitcher Cole Hamels is really the last big name on the club, and he has already expressed a strong desire to be traded. Not the sort of start that you would want heading into a new season. Things have pretty much gone as expected, as the Phillies are already 7 games out of first and struggling badly on the road at just 2-7 on the season. The Phils will send young David Buchanan (0-4, 7.52 ERA) to the mound on Thursday, and will be hoping that his numbers will continue to improve, as they have with each consecutive start to far this season. The St. Louis Cardinals (13-6) sent their offseason looking for a few extra pieces that would help take them over the top this year, and so far it looks as though things are going as planned. Those plans took a major hit when it was revealed that pitching ace Adam Wainwright will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles heel. Replacing Wainwright will not be an easy task, and it will be interesting to see how this team responds to such a hefty body blow. The man who will replace Wainwright, at least in the short term, is Tim Cooney. The lefty will get his first start on Thursday, and will have some very big cleats to fill when he takes to the mound.