Following a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners, the Philadelphia Phillies will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, a team that just learned its three-time MVP will be out for the next four to six weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his left arm.
The Phillies (45-28) are 4.5 games up on the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and winners of eight of their last ten. The Cardinals (40-33) have lost seven of their last ten, although they have won two straight and cling to a half game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.56 ERA) will oppose Kyle McClellan (6-3, 3.96) at 8:10 PM in Tuesday’s game, followed by Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) against Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. On Thursday night, Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.33) faces long-time division rival Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47) to close out the series.