(Sports Network) - Bobby Abreu entered the 2004 season a career .306 hitter, but the Phillies rightfielder then hit a wall with one of his slowest starts to a season. Abreu, Philadelphia's all-time on-base percentage leader, was hitting just .108 following last Tuesday's game against Florida.
However, since then he has caught fire and tonight he'll try to keep up his torrid pace as the Phillies play the middle contest of a three-game series in St. Louis.
Abreu has hit safely in six straight games, going 14-for-28 in that span with two homers and seven RBI. He was at it again last night, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer and Abreu scored three times in a 7-3 victory.
Another Phillie off to a strong start is Pat Burrell, who hit .209 last year. Pat Burrell was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI last night to raise his average this year to .339.
Mike Lieberthal belted a two-run homer last night for Philadelphia, which has won three of its last four after being swept by Florida in a three-game set last week.
Philadelphia starter Eric Milton remained unbeaten in a Phillies uniform, pitching five innings for the win last night. Milton (2-0), an offseason acquisition, yielded three runs on seven hits and three walks, fanning two. Three Phillies relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings.
Brett Myers tries to rebound from a rough outing as he takes the mound tonight for the Phillies. The 23-year-old righthander was drilled for 11 hits and seven runs over six innings in a loss to Florida last Thursday. It marked only his second start of the year. His ERA of 7.59 is a sharp contrast to April of 2003 when he logged a 2.20 ERA.
Myers is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in three career games versus St. Louis.
The Phillies won four of the six meetings last season from the Cardinals and are 9-4 versus them since the start of the 2002 campaign.