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The Philadelphia Phillies will face off with the host St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon in the third contest of a four-game set. First pitch is slated for 2:15 p.m. ET from Busch Stadium. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV. 

This will be a matchup between a pair of right-handed pitchers. Nick Nelson will be the starting pitcher for the Phillies. Andre Pallante will take the mound for the Cardinals. Nelson has a 3-1 record with a 4.17 ERA. Pallante is 2-4 with an ERA of 3.03. 

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As of July 9, the Phillies are third place in the NL East standings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are behind only the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central standings. The Phillies shut out the Cardinals in the first two games of this series. They won 2-0 on Friday and then 1-0 on Saturday. 

The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five contests. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last five games. 

Nelson has allowed 33 hits, 20 walks, and one home run, while also throwing 38 strikeouts in 41 innings. Pallante has given up 61 hits, 22 walks, and six home runs with 38 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. 

In his last outing vs. the Nationals on July 7, Nelson pitched two innings and allowed one hit and a walk with two strikeouts in a relief effort. The Phillies have won the last four games Nelson has appeared in. 

In Pallante’s last game at the Braves on July 5, he surrendered 10 hits, seven earned runs and two home runs in 3.2 innings. The Cardinals have lost the last five contests with Pallante on the mound. 

As of July 9, the Phillies rank fifth in home runs (111) and RBI (386), seventh in slugging percentage (.421), 11th in batting average (.247) and 15th in on-base percentage (.316). Left fielder Kyle Schwarber leads the Phillies in home runs (27) and RBI (56). Designated hitter Bryce Harper is tops for the Phillies in batting average (.318) and on-base percentage (.385). Right fielder Nick Castellanos is first on the Phillies with 81 hits. 

Prior to July 10, the Cardinals ranked 10th in batting average (.249), 10th in RBI (372), 12th in slugging percentage (.398), tied for 13th in home runs (90) and tied for 14th in on-base percentage (.317). First baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals across the board in batting average (.340), home runs (19), RBI (65), on-base percentage (.423), and hits (107). Third baseman Nolan Arenado is second on the Cardinals in home runs (17), hits (92), batting average (.291), and RBI (55). 

The Phillies are 43-41 against the spread overall and 21-18 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Phillies are 45-38-1 overall and 24-15 on the road. 

The Cardinals are 43-43 against the spread overall and 21-20 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Cardinals are 40-42-4 overall and 22-17-2 at home. 

The Cardinals will get back in the winning column with a close victory heading into the series finale.

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.