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Probable Pitchers

Philadelphia Phillies @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Aaron Nola, RHP
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Nola is establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball. He always had excellent fastball command and a fantastic curveball, but Nola’s changeup is generating swings and misses and is taking him to the next level.

Jack Flaherty, RHP
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Leaning heavily on his revamped two-seam fastball, Flaherty battled through 5 2/3 innings in his return to the rotation on Tuesday in Minnesota. The rookie is still searching for his first MLB win. He’s 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA across 3 starts this year.

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Kansas City Royals @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy starts the opener of a three-game I-70 Series at Busch Stadium. Kennedy labored through six innings on Tuesday night against the Rays and permitted seven hits and five runs. He did gets his 1,500th career strikeout in the game.

Miles Mikolas, RHP
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The Cardinals' de facto ace with Carlos Martinez on the disabled list, Mikolas was uncharacteristically inefficient in his last outing. But he’s still yet to lose this season, and 5-0 with a 2.63 in eight starts overall.

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Kansas City Royals @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel will take the mound to start Game 2 of the series in St. Louis. Last time out, Hammel went six-plus innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs in a 5-3 loss to the Rays.

Luke Weaver, RHP
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Amid murmurs that his rotation spot could be in jeopardy, Weaver turned in his best start of the season last time out. He fired seven strong innings in a hard-luck loss to the Phillies, and is 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA across nine starts.

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Kansas City Royals @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jakob Junis, RHP
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Junis will start the I-70 Series finale against the Cardinals. The right-hander logged 5 1/3 solid innings against a powerful Yankees lineup on Friday, allowing seven hits and two runs in picking up his fifth victory.

Michael Wacha, RHP
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Wacha matched a season-high with eight strikeouts across six strong innings last time out, when he battled inclement weather to earn his fifth win. The righty (5-1, 3.08) hasn’t lost since the season’s opening week, a span of eight starts.

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