The Philadelphia Phillies begin a difficult 12-game stretch against some of baseball’s best teams as they open up a three-game series with the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies, who have won two of three, are five games below the .500-mark heading into their series with the Cardinals. Philadelphia plays the next 12 games against three first-place teams (St. Louis, Baltimore and Atlanta), and one second-place club (Florida).
“We’ve got to start to make a move and get some wins,” closer Billy Wagner said.
Outfielder Bobby Abreu has done his part for the Phillies this season. Abreu has homered seven times in eight games and leads the team with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
“I’m just going to enjoy it and have a good time,” Abreu said of his recent power surge.
Abreu is 23-for-51 since May 1, lifting his average from .261 to a team-high .331.
St. Louis has won four of its last five to move out to a six-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Reggie Sanders hit his 10th home run for the Cardinals, who took two of three from the Mets and improved to 12-4 on the road.
“Everything is clicking for them right now,” New York’s Cliff Floyd said. “They’re riding each other’s confidence right now. They know they’re playing well, and their pitchers stick to the game plan.”