Two of baseball’s oldest, most historic franchises kick off the playoffs Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Philadelphia Phillies.
Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series gets underway Friday afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis where the NL Central champions host a Phillies team returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Philadelphia will send right-hander Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) to the mound for the opener. He had the Cardinals’ number this season, winning both of his starts in a one-week span in July, tossing a combined 14 scoreless innings and giving up just nine total hits. He’ll be opposed by veteran left-hander Jose Quintana for St. Louis. The Cardinals acquired the southpaw at the trade deadline, and he was a pivotal piece down the stretch. Quintana went 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts after coming over from Pittsburgh.
All three games will be played in St. Louis, and the winner of the Phillies-Cardinals series will advance to play the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series.
Here’s how to watch Game 1 of the series.