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Eh, who are we kidding? No one wants to steal whatever secrets the Phillies are keeping.
St. Louis comes to town with a league-best 43-23 record and a run differential of +67. The Phils enter 23-45 with a run differential of -112. When you put that +67 and -112 together and figure out the difference between the two, it amounts to a 189 run differential between the two teams.
So yeah, confidence is not high.
The Cardinals will go with Tyler Lyons, who will be making his fifth start of the season in place of the injured Lance Lynn. This is Lyons' second stint with St. Louis this year; in May he gave up eight earned runs over 13 innings, then was sent down to the minors for about a month. He was called up to start last Saturday against the Royals and pitched much better, giving up just two runs over five innings, striking out six with one walk.
The Phillies turn to the ever-erratic Phillippe Aumont, who will be making his first Major League start. He's been reborn as a starter with the Iron Pigs, going 2-3 with a 2.35 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Of course, there are 41 walks to go along with those 58 Ks in 65 innings. Hell, Phillippe himself said...
Phillippe Aumont preparing Phillies fans for tomm night:"Can’t say it’s going to be the prettiest thing."— jon johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) June 18, 2015
At the very least, it should be interesting.