Cardinals Vs. Phillies Preview: Wainwright, Halladay Duel At Busch

Roy Halladay vs. Adam Wainwright would've been one of the premier pitching match ups in baseball just a few years ago, but when the two face off Sunday in St. Louis they'll be looking to answer some questions. Both Halladay and Wainwright are having off years, though in the case of Halladay it's only compared to his insanely lofty standards and Wainwright, of course, is coming off of Tommy John surgery.

Halladay's ERA is at 3.58 after giving up five earned runs in six innings to the Washington Nationals earlier this week, and that's a far cry from where his ERA has hovered in his time in Philadelphia. Of course, most everyone expects Halladay's ERA to drop back down, and he may start the reversal in St. Louis.

Wainwright meanwhile has struggled to find his form after missing all of the 2011 season, but he is recently coming off of a four hit complete game shutout. Of course, that was against the San Diego Padres, so maybe a small asterisk is necessary, but it was no doubt an encouraging sign for a slumping club.

Game date/time: 1:15 p.m. CT

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

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