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The St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night baseball from the City of Brotherly Love. Will Wheeler and the Phillies dominate or will it be Arenado and the Cardinals? Matt McCuen answers.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals Top Pick: Should You Fade Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night baseball from the City of Brotherly Love. Let's get into my prediction, best bet, and odds for Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

Phillies vs. Cardinals Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 3, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:08 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

The Cardinals currently hold the final wildcard spot in the national league and sit on the heels of the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals have one of the best lineups in all of baseball headlined by Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt is putting together an MVP-caliber kind of season and has been a huge part of the success of the Cardinals.

The Phillies got off to a rocky start but have since turned around their season, and they sit 2.5 games behind St Louis for the final wildcard spot in the national league. The Phillies went after a pair of big names in the off-season when they inked contracts with Nicholas Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber.

They added these two guys to an already explosive offensive lineup led by Bruce Harper. Harper is the reigning MVP of the national league and was having another MVP-caliber season until last Saturday when he got hit in the hand by a pitch from Padres pitcher Blake Snell. Harper's reaction told the tale, and he could be out for the rest of the season, which would be a massive blow for this Phillies team. The Phillies are trying to remain optimistic that Harper could return in the final month of the season. 

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I am backing the Phillies at home tonight with their ace on the mound. Zack Wheeler has been outstanding this season as he is fresh off a CY Young caliber season. Wheeler finished second in Cy Young voting a season ago. He will be right back in the discussion this season if he continues to throw the ball as well as he has.

I believe he can limit this Cardinals lineup tonight. The Phillies bats have been rolling as of late despite no Harper in the lineup. They have had other guys really step up in his absence, and they should be able to get to Adam Wainwright tonight. I trust that the Philly bats get it done for us, combined with a strong outing by Zack Wheeler. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Top Pick

Pick: Phillies ML -150 (Bet $150 to win $100)

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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