ST. LOUIS RUNLINE -1.5 (-130) 5 UNIT$ POWER PLAY
2:15 pm est
Listed Pitchers: Moehler / Carpenter
Astros: Moehler won for the first time in over a month, tossing five-plus innings and giving up two runs on six hits and striking out three against the D-backs. Holding a two-run lead, he loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning and was taken out in favor of left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, who got a ground ball to end the frame and keep Moehler in line for the win. His previous win came on July 20 against the Cardinals, where he tossed 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball. He is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against St. Louis this season.
Cardinals: It’s been an amazing season for Carpenter, and it keeps getting better. After barely pitching the past two seasons, he’s leading the National League in ERA and finished his last start tied for the lead in wins. He seems to be getting stronger, with his velocity improving even as the season winds down. If he hadn’t missed five weeks earlier in the year, he’d be an even stronger Cy Young candidate, but he has to be in the discussion now even as things stand.
PHILADELPHIA RUNLINE -1.5 (-110) 4 Units
7:05 pm est
Listed Pitchers: Happ / Morton
Phillies: Happ is 10-2 with a 2.59 ERA following a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Mets. He could become the first Phillies rookie to win 11 games since Bob Walk in 1980. No Phillies rookie has had a lower ERA since Eppa Rixey’s 2.50 ERA in 1912. “J.A. does not pitch like he’s a young pitcher,” Brad Lidge said. “Honestly, he’s pitching like he’s one of the best pitchers in the National League. I know he’s a rookie, but it is what it is. He’s pitching like one of the best guys in the National League.” Happ’s ERA is the lowest for any rookie pitcher anywhere since Hideo Nomo in 1995, when he had a 2.54 ERA.
Pirates: In his last start, Morton did a terrific job at bouncing back from a horrific start that saw him allow 10 earned runs in one inning. He snapped a personal four-game losing streak in an outing during which he allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings. For all of the questions about how strong Morton is mentally, that bounce-back outing should have put some of those concerns to rest. Morton relied heavily on his two-seam fastball and changeup in his last outing, and while he was more efficient than he has been, there is still work to do in that area. Morton faced the Phillies once in 2008 and took a loss after allowing five runs in two innings.
Power Play Stats
14 – 8
Power Play record
216 – 174
Total Money 2009 + $ 5,550
Total Money 2008 (May-Dec) + $20,464