The Philadelphia Phillies (25-23) and St. Louis Cardinals (25-22) will close out a four-game National League series on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is the key offensive player in Sunday's contest

Philadelphia has won the first three games of its series against St. Louis, including a 4-0 win on Saturday night.  The Phillies will now be looking to record their first-ever four-game sweep at the new Busch Stadium.  The club has produced a 10-3 record in its last 13 road games, with the offense hitting .293 and averaging 6.5 runs per game over that span.  Over the last eight games, the bullpen has posted a 1.61 ERA, while holding opponents to a .192 average.  Philadelphia is 6-7 in day games this season.

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last three outings, dropping a 5-2 home decision to the Washington Nationals last time out, allowing five runs and nine hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA in five road starts, issuing seven walks and striking out 25 batters in 36.1 combined innings.  In four career starts versus the Cardinals, Halladay has produced a 2-1 record and 2.10 ERA, allowing exactly one earned run in three of the appearances.

St. Louis has lost seven of its last 10 games, and will try to avoid its third four-game skid in the last two-plus weeks.  The Cardinals will need to have outfielder Carlos Beltran in the lineup, who has gone 14 for 42 (.333) in his career against Halladay, as the club looks to even its record to 17-17 against right-handed starters in 2012.  St. Louis is a dismal 1-7 when playing against a team with a winning record this year, while the “over” is 5-2-1 in that situation.

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78 ERA) is coming off his best start of the 2012 campaign, picking up a 4-0 shutout victory at home over the San Diego Padres, scattering four hits and striking out nine in the effort.  The right-hander is 2-3 with a 6.67 ERA in five home outings, surrendering six home runs in 28.1 combined innings.  In eight career appearances (six starts) versus the Phillies, Wainwright has compiled a 2-1 mark and 2.30 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 7-1 record in Wainwright’s last eight Sunday starts, while the Phillies are 0-4 in Halladay’s last four outings versus winning teams.

Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -107

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