MLB Expert picks: Phillies@ Cardinals; 08:45 PM

Stadium on Wednesday night. St. Louis’s Allen Craig has become a pitcher's nightmare of late and the left fielder will look to collect the 10th win out of 13 games for his team. The NL Central leaders boast off an offense that has batted an average of.289 with 31 doubles in the last 12 games. St. Louis (60-37) has the hottest Craig, who is batting at an average of .424 since June 29. Craig accomplished a rare fit on Tuesday - he had an RBI fielder's choice, a walk a double and an RBI single in St. Louis' 4-1 victory over Philadelphia. Craig is now at a major league-best hitting average of .490 (47 for 96) with runners in scoring position. He lifted his batting average from .309 to .335 with a pair of eight-game and one nine-game hitting streaks since June 18.

Baseball picks expert reports that Philadelphia has a pitcher who has been equally hot - John Lannan. Lannan who is at 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA has batted for eight innings in two straight starts and he has posted a 0.56 ERA in that stretch. The left-hander produced one run and hit four in a stretch of eight innings of a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on July 13. Lannan has not competed against the Cardinals since 2011, but his record against them is good. The left-hander has limited the Cardinals within two runs or fewer in seven starts, which is the total number of games he played against them. The Phillies (49-51) have scored just five runs in their three-game losing streak. They are now at 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position during their slump. They have collected 10 home runs in total 13 games since slugger Ryan Howard became disabled with a left knee inflammation.

Domonic Brown who had gone 0 for 4 on last Tuesday, is now at 5 for his last 31 (.161). John Mayberry had just seven at_bats through July 12, is now batting at just .219 average this month. However, he had an RBI double to account for the lone run on Tuesday. That is the exact type of weaker lineup Jake Westbrook who is at 6-4 with 2.88ERA has feasted on. Eleven runs of Westbrook’s 13 starts have come against weak teams- the teams that are in the lower half of the league in runs scored. Since giving up a season’s worst six runs and 10 hits at Oakland, he has been with a 2.66 ERA against the Miami Marlins, the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres. He carried the trend on, holding the Padres to two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 9-6 win on Friday. He also had gone 3 for 3 at the plate with a double. The Phillies could turn out to be a challenging side for Westbrook on the mound. Chase Utley (.364), Laynce Nix (.364), Michael Young (.379) and Jimmy Rollins (.444) have all had success against the right-hander. Utley, who had hit thrice on Tuesday, is now batting at an average of .400 over his six-game hitting streak.

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